New Delhi, Mar 26 (CAIT) Traders across the country, under the banner of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), successfully observed the “E commerce democracy day”, while following the various norms and guidlines issued by the central and state governments due to significant rise in the covid cases in the last couple of weeks.
Respecting the ban on public gatherings, the traders yesterday celebrated the “E-Commerce Democracy Day”, with zeal and excitement against the foreign e commerce players .CAIT has always asserted its voice against the arbitrariness of the foreign e-commerce companies, against their violations of the country’s law and their unethical occupation of the Indian retail sector, and has continued to fight for the existence of the country’s smallest trader.
In this context only, CAIT had called for a nationwide celebration of * “E-Commerce Democracy Day”* on March 25, but in the past few weeks, all the state governments issued guidelines to curb the ever increasing cases of Covid across the country. After which there is a strict ban on community gatherings or rallies. Honoring the government-issued guidelines, traders across the country celebrated “E-Commerce Democracy Day” in about 250 markets by standing outside their shops and registered their protest against the illegical dominance of foreign companies on the e-commerce trade.
In a joint statement today, the National President of CAIT, Mr. BC Bhartia and National Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal said that the ‘e-commerce democracy day’, organized on the call of CAIT, was successful despite the restrictions imposed after covid outbreak in every state of the country. Local trade organizations handed over a memorandum in the name of Union Commerce Minister Shri Piyush Goyal to the District Collectors of various districts.
Both the trade leaders also informed that on the occasion of the festival of Holi, on March 28, trades will express their anger and indignation by burning the effigies of Amazon and flipkart across the country against their frequent violations of the laws and policies of the country. We will also demand from the Central Government that a new press note should be issued soon by making necessary changes in Press Note 2 under the FDI policy and a provision should be made to strictly adhere to it.
Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that due to the continuous efforts of CAIT, it has now become even more necessary to free India’s e-commerce business from the indirect dominance of foreign e-commerce companies, otherwise these foreign e-commerce players w in no time will become the second edition of East India Company, and if these companies continue to violate the laws, policy and rules of the country and the government fails to take any concrete action, then the country will move towards economic slavery.
Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that due to the distorted nature of e-commerce in the country, the retail and wholesale trade of the country including Delhi has been badly affected.
These includes mobile and mobile accessories, grocery, spices, FMCG products, gift items, readymade garments, footwear, eyeglasses, watches, medicines and pharmacy, electronics, furniture, home furnishing, toys, vegetables and dry fruits, food and drinks, kitchen appliances, Builders hardware, office equipment, stationery, paper, and electrical goods, etc. He also informed that if this situation continues, very soon all these trade including others will be completely on the verge of destrucion. It is for this reason that CAIT has urged Mr. Goyal to take a decision on this soon, with a new press note and a regulatory authority as well as strict action against those who violate the law of the country. ILNS/SNG/RJ