The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) urged the government on Saturday to eliminate the mandatory GST registration requirement for listing on ecommerce platforms.
According to CAIT, the provision prevents small businesses from using ecommerce platforms to increase their sales. "This provision is preventing a large number of traders across the country from using ecommerce as another vertical to boost their trade," CAIT National Secretary Sunil Agarwal said. Though small traders were more inclined to incorporate ecommerce as an additional business module, the requirement of mandatory GST registration was preventing them from engaging in ecommerce business activities, he added. The trade body also drew attention to the government's ambitious Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), claiming that the requirement for mandatory GST registration to list on the platform could be a major impediment for small businesses.