DPIIT to float draft national retail policy that aims to help 65 million small traders grow

DPIIT will seek views of all stakeholders on national retail policy, which aims to streamline retail trade and promote ease of doing business. It will look at licensing, access to funds, direct selling, and hypermarket-related matters.

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

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The policy will streamline the retail trade and promote ease of doing business in the sector. The main elements of the policy include licensing, access to funds, direct selling, and hypermarket-related matters.

“It will also focus on ways how to promote growth of retail sector, increase in digital payment, reducing infrastructural bottlenecks,” an 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.

Backing small traders

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 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 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 ecommerce 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.

(Edited by Teja Lele Desai)


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