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CAIT Strongly Opposed To FDI Move In E-Commerce

Oct 3, 2013

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New Delhi: The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has strongly objected to any move of the Government to allow FDI in retail in e-commerce. It is nothing but a back door entry to global retailers which will facilitate them to side step restrictions in Multi Brand retail since e-commerce has no geographical restrictions-said CAIT National President Mr. B.C.Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal, in a joint statement released here today at New Delhi.

Both Bhartia and. Khandelwal said that as per media reports, the DIPP Department of Ministry of Commerce is preparing a note for allowing FDI in e-commerce and the CAIT along with more than 20 thousand Trade Associations, Federations and Chamber of Commerce across the Country will strongly oppose any such proposal. “ We have failed to understand that why so far the Ministry of Commerce has never thought of preparing any proposal to strengthen the domestic trade which is second largest employment generating sector in the Country whereas on the other hand off and on ways and means are being contemplated by the Govt for providing greater access of Indian retail market to global retailers”-said Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal.

FDI in retail in e commerce will not only circumvent the rules prescribed for FDI in retail but will also hamper the trade and commerce conducted by not only the traders but even by the MSME sector. It will also distort the taxation system since the e-tailers will be registered with taxation department in one state but will be entitled to trade across the Country without seeking registration with tax authorities in other states and will be free to deliver material in another state with paying the local tax of the concerned state whereas on the other hand the traders or the MSMEs need to obtain separate registration in each state if they conduct business activities in more than one state-said both trade leaders.

The FDI in e-commerce will greatly hamper the existing retail trade and MSME sector and will wreck the already dilapidated economic condition of the Country and as such the trading community will oppose any move of the Government to allow FDI in retail in e-commerce.

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