The FDI Policy permits FDI without any governmental approvals in entities engaged in the marketplace model of e-commerce where the e-commerce entity simply acts as an information technology platform that connects buyers and sellers. However, FDI is not permitted in inventory-based model where the inventory of goods sold on the portal is owned or controlled by the e-commerce entity. Additionally, the policy places certain restrictions, among others, on market place model such as an entity having equity participation by an e-commerce marketplace entity or its group companies will not be permitted to sell its products on the information technology platform run by such marketplace entity and e-commerce marketplace entity will not mandate any seller to sell any product exclusively on its platform only.
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