The government may set up a committee to look into all issues, including foreign direct investment norms, pertaining to the fast-growing e-commerce industry in the country. The committee may be headed by the NITI Aayog CEO. The other members of the panel may include officials from the commerce and industry ministry and department of electronics and IT, among others.
“It will look at all the issues, including FDI pertaining to the e-commerce sector. The committee would suggest ways to further promote the growth of the sector,” an official said.
Representatives from four states, including Maharashtra and Karnataka, are also members of the panel. Some e-commerce firms are facing taxation-related problems in a few states.
Setting up of this panel assumes significance as the government recently permitted 100 per cent FDI in the food processing sector. There are also issues related to e-commerce players selling pharmaceuticals.