The government has extended the deadline for public comments on proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 to August 5. Earlier, the last date for public comments on the draft e-commerce rules was July 6.
“It has now been decided to extend the timeline for receipt of comments/suggestions on the draft E-Commerce Rules. Views/ comments/ suggestions on the proposed amendments may be sent by August 5, 2021,” a government notice said.
The ministry had released draft e-commerce rules on June 21, under which it banned fraudulent flash sale and mis-selling of goods and services on e-commerce platforms.
Appointment of chief compliance officer/grievance redressal officer are among other key amendments proposed to the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020.
The government also proposed registration of every e-commerce entity which intends to operate in India with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).
The proposed amendments also included e-commerce entities requiring to provide information not later than 72 hours of the receipt of an order from a government agency for prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of offences under any law.
The Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 were first notified in July last year. Their violation attract penal action under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.