Amazon asked about taxes paid in India by the Joint Parliamentary Panel

A few days after Amazon refused to appear before a joint parliamentary panel on data protection law, its top executives in India stood before the committee Wednesday and were asked about the company’s revenue model and the amount of taxes paid in the country.

The 2019 draft law of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Personal Data Protection, chaired by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, interviewed representatives from Amazon India and Amazon Web Services for almost two hours each separately.

Amazon India was represented by its Vice Presidents Chetan Krishnaswamy and Rakesh Bakshi, while Amazon Web Services was represented by Yolynd Lobo, Head Public Policy India, Uthara Ganesh, Lead Public Policy, among others.

The members asked the e-commerce major about his sales mode, how much sales he generates and what percentage of that Amazon is reinvesting in India. The panel also asked questions about how much taxes it pays in India, sources on the committee said. The committee asked Amazon to provide written answers to these questions, signed by its top officials.

The joint parliamentary committee on data protection laws sent Amazon a stern notice after the company announced last week that its representatives would not appear before it. In view of the fact that he did not appear before the panel, a request for privileges was also examined.

The Personal Data Protection Act of 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 11, 2019 by the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad. The law is intended to ensure the protection of personal data of individuals and to set up a data protection authority for this purpose. The bill was later referred to a joint selection committee of both houses of parliament. The proposed law prohibits companies from storing and processing personal data without an individual’s express consent.

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