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In Photo: Bengal consumer affairs minister Sadhan Pande addressing the MCCI session in Kolkata on Monday. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 21 September: WEST Bengal will shortly form a committee to suggest on a policy to bring e-tailers and online merchants under the ambit of state taxes and consumer regulation, Bengal consumer affairs minister Sadhan Pande said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at a session on eRetail Vs Brick and Mortar Retail organised by the MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) at the Park Hotel in Kolkata.

“We are in the process of forming a committee soon, which will suggest us ways to bringing online retailers under the ambit of state taxes. This is to bring equity between online sellers and traditional retailers, who pay sales taxes etc to the state government,” Pande said.

“The committee will also deliberate on regulations to deal with cheating of consumers by online sellers,” the minister said, without detailing about its composition or the deadline by which the regulatory framework would be available for implementation.

P Kamalakanth, executive Director of West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation; Archana Sharma, HoD of retail management at IISWBM; Partha Sinha, Sr GM of Leads Property Acquisition Reliance Industries;  Swagat Sengupta, country head of Apeejay Oxford Bookstore and Navin Mistry, head retail exports of eBay India also spoke at the session moderated by Kumar Rajagopalan, the CEO of Retailers Association of India.