DPIIT to float retail policy to seek stakeholders' view

DPIIT to float retail policy to seek stakeholders' view

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade will soon float draft national retail policy, aimed at promoting the growth of 65 million small traders, to seek views of stakeholders, a top official said.

The policy will streamline the retail trade and promote ease of doing business in the sector.

The main elements of the policy include promoting ease of doing business, licensing, access to funds, direct selling, and hyper-market related matters.

"It will also focus on ways how to promote the growth of the retail sector, increase in digital payment, reducing infrastructural bottlenecks," the official said.

The department has completed consultations on the proposed policy and "we are in the process of drafting it which will be soon put for public comments", the official added.

This proposal was part of the 100-day action plan prepared by the department, under the commerce and industry ministry.

"The policy is being formulated to support the development of the sector that would benefit 65 million small traders," the official said.

In February, the subject of domestic or internal trade was shifted to the DPIIT (Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade) from the consumer affairs ministry, which was earlier the nodal agency for regulating the fast-growing sector.

The department is already in the process of formulating guidelines on e-commerce and, hence, it would be appropriate for the ministry to come out with norms for retail trade.

Views of all stakeholders, including state governments, are important while framing the policy as retail trade is also governed by the Shops and Establishment Act, which is implemented by states.