New e-comm policy to address e-marketplaces' non-compliance: Govt to Parliament

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The government informed Parliament on Friday that the new e-Commerce policy seeks to address non-compliance by marketplace e-commerce entities regarding deep discounting, predatory pricing and misuse of market dominance.

“The new e-Commerce policy seeks to address such non-compliance,” minister of state for commerce and industry Som Parkash told Rajya Sabha, adding that traders, retailers and industry associations have made complaints that have been forwarded to relevant government agencies for necessary examination and investigation.

He said that the Competition Commission of India is in receipt of certain information where e-Commerce companies are alleged to have entered into anti-competitive agreements or abused their dominant position, and necessary action is being taken.

In a separate reply, he said comments from many stakeholders on draft e-Commerce policy have been received relating to definition of e-Commerce, role of marketplace entities and liabilities of e-Commerce companies, among other related issues

INDIAN FOOTWEAR SIZING

TheDepartment for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has initiated the Development of ‘Indian Footwear Sizing system’ in consultation with Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Chennai, Rajya Sabha was informed.

“The responsibility of its compliance will continue with the Bureau of Indian Standards,” Parkash said in a written reply.

The development includes anthropometric survey, statistical analysis and development of an Indian foot sizing system and involves foot bio-mechanics and gait study, materials identification, lasts fabrication, development of design patterns and comfort parameters, wear trials, generation of specification, taking into consideration all the regional variations, variations due to gender, age and health condition towards indigenisation of key products.

TEXTILE COMPETITION

The government told Parliament that high tariffs faced by Indian exporters in key markets such as EU & UK as compared to zero duty access given to competing nations like Bangladesh and Cambodia is affecting India’s exports performance.

“Textile industry has been hugely affected due to outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic,” Minister of State for textiles Darshana Jardosh told Rajya Sabha

In a separate reply, the minister said that the global pandemic has adversely affected the textile sector due to restriction on social gathering, migration of labourers, disruption of supply chain, thus affecting all the stakeholders from farmers to traders/exporters in the value chain.

“Due to the unorganized and decentralized nature of the textile sector, the data with regards to production capacity lying idle with the agencies spread in rural areas across the country is not available,” Jardosh said.

She said imports from both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have fallen in FY21 is as compared to preceding year, replying to a question whether it has come to the ministry’s notice that huge production capacity is lying idle in textile and clothing industry due to sluggish exports, poor domestic demand and growing imports from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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