CAIT launches month-long campaign against foreign owned e-commerce
The Confederation of All India Traders has launched ‘E-commerce Per Halla Bol’ as a month-long campaign across over 500 Indian cities against what it sees as the monopoly of foreign-owned e-commerce businesses.
On September 15, CAIT announced the launch of its new national campaign which aims to bring together local trade bodies under its banner to hold protest marches across the country, Indo-Asian News Service reported. To launch the initiative, CAIT general secretary Praveen Khandelwal held a protest march from Delhi to Agra, passing through Noida, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Palwal, Nodal, Kosi, and Mathura and holding ‘dharnas’ with local traders along the way.
The aim of the campaign is to bring attention to what CAIT sees as the unfair business practices engaged in by foreign-owned e-commerce businesses such as Walmart-owned Flipkart and Amazon India. The trade body will use its protests to garner support for its cause amongst Indian traders and to urge the government to take action against the businesses.
CAIT reported that multiple dharnas were held across India on Wednesday which it believes shows traders’ support for its movement. CAIT has accused several industry and government organisations of unfairly protecting the interests of foreign-owned businesses and has vowed to expose them soon.
The organisation argues that foreign-owned businesses are violating foreign direct investment regulations and negatively affecting Indian businesses. CAIT is also working to have the Ministry of Consumer Affairs amend its draft e-commerce policy to focus more on the needs of Indian businesses.
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