Critically examine as to what extent the draft Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 prevent unfair trade practices in e-commerce and promote fair competition.

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 5. Critically examine as to what extent the draft Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 prevent unfair trade practices in e-commerce and promote fair competition. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: The Hindu Why the question: To protect the …

Insights into Editorial: Meddling too much with e-commerce

    Introduction: One of the perils of oversized governance, as in India, is a multiplicity of laws, which often results in inefficiencies in the economy. A recent case of regulatory overhang is the e-commerce sector, which comprises only 3-4 per cent of retail in India. Yet, the government is attempting to discipline it through …

Insights into Editorial: Policy creep: On e-commerce and overregulation risks

    Context: Barely 11 months after the Government notified the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020, the Department of Consumer Affairs has mooted a set of sweeping amendments, ostensibly “to protect the interests of consumers and encourage free and fair competition in the market”. According to the government argument, the proposed amendments aim to bring …

Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020: Context: A parliamentary panel has submitted its report on ‘The Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020’. Key recommendations: The government should offer a more clear-cut definition of what constitutes ‘unfair’ trade practice. …