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Government says revised draft ecommerce rules soon

The government is in the final stages of drafting new ecommerce rules, tweaking an earlier draft that had sought to tighten the regulations for foreign-owned marketplaces, including barring their affiliated entities from selling on the platforms and restricting flash sales.

The new version will be released soon, said a senior official of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution who did not wish to be lamed.

fop industry bodies representing the Tatas, Amazon, Walmart-owned Flipkart and others have opposed some of the proposed clauses in the earlier draft. Some of he key provisions have also not found favour with the finance and corporate affairs ministries, and the government's public policy think tank, Niti Aayog.

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