(1) In these rules unless the context otherwise requires, —
(a) “Act” means the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 (35 of 2019);
(b) “e-commerce entity” means any person who owns, operates or manages digital or electronic facility or platform for electronic commerce, but does not include a seller offering his goods or services for sale on a marketplace e-commerce entity;
(c) “grievance” includes any complaints to an e-commerce entity regarding violations of the provisions of the Act and the rules made thereunder;
(d) “GSTIN” means the Goods and Services Tax Identification Number as under the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (12
(e) “information” shall have the same meaning as to it clause (v) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000);
(f) “inventory e-commerce entity” means an e-commerce entity which owns the inventory of goods or services and sells such goods or services directly to the consumers and shall include single brand retailers and multi-channel single brand retailers;
(g) “marketplace e-commerce entity” means an e-commerce entity which provides an information technology platform on a digital or electronic network to facilitate transactions between buyers and sellers;
(h) “PAN” means Permanent Account Number as under section 139A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961);
(i) “platform” means an online interface in the form of any software including a website or a part thereof and applications including mobile applications;
(j) “ranking” means the relative prominence or relevance given to the goods or services offered through a marketplace e-commerce entity as presented, organised or communicated by such entity, irrespective of the technological means used for such presentation, organisation or communication;
(k) “seller” means the product seller as defined in clause (37) of section 2 of the Act and shall include any service provider;
(l) “user” means any person who accesses or avails any computer resource of an e-commerce entity.
(2) The words and expressions used herein and not defined, but defined in the Act or in the Information Technology Act, 2000 (21 of 2000) or the rules made thereunder shall have the same meaning as respectively assigned to them in those Acts or rules.