Representatives from department of industrial policy & promotion, department of economic affairs, department of electronics & information technology and department of consumer affairs are a part of the committee, said Chaudhary in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
The government receives suggestions/grievances on various issues in different sectors including e-commerce sector. The same are considered by the government in consultations with stakeholders including ministries/departments, state governments, apex industry chambers and other organisations and necessary amendments, if required, are made in the policy from time to time.
Complaints regarding e-commerce received at the National Consumer Helpline (NCH) are referred to the companies for redressal. In some cases, consumers are advised to file complaints in the appropriate Consumer Forum for redressal.
The Consumer Protection Act, 1986, has been enacted to better protect the interests of the consumers. It covers all goods and services and all mode of transactions including e-commerce. Under the provision of the Act, a three tier quasi-judicial mechanism, called Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission/Forum, has been set up at the district, state and national levels to provide simple, quick and inexpensive redressal to consumer disputes.
E-commerce activities are governed by a number of regulations/acts of the government like the Shop and Establishment Act, Sales of Goods Act, Companies Act, Income Tax Laws, Information Technology Act, the Competition Act, the Consumer Protection Act, etc.
The Consumer Protection Bill, 2015, already introduced in Parliament, seeks to provide for establishment of a Central Consumer Protection Authority to look into unfair trade practices among other things and take remedial action. (KD)
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