Stakeholders' comments for draft e-commerce policy likely to get an extension

According to a senior government official, the deadline for seeking comments from stakeholders on the draft national e-commerce policy will mostly be extended to March 31 by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.

A few stakeholders from the online trading segment had already requested an extension to the previous March 9 deadline to offer their comments.

The government had released the draft that proposed setting up a technological and legal framework for restrictions on cross-border data flow. Further, there were also conditions laid out for businesses in connection with collection or processing of sensitive data locally and storing it abroad.

The draft was formulated by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), which is an arm of the Commerce and Industry Ministry. The draft looks at providing consideration and discussion of a framework of policy that would help the country benefit from the fast digitization of the domestic and global economy.

The 41-page draft addresses six broad issues of the e-commerce network—data, infrastructure development, e-commerce marketplaces, regulatory issues, stimulating domestic digital economy, and export via through e-commerce.

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