In continuation of its full-fledged fight against alleged violation of FDI policy by the e-commerce firms including Amazon and Flipkart, traders body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has announced the launch of two-month-long nationwide protest appealing immediate action against them.
The national protest, to be kicked off from November 13 and continue till January 10 2020, will see active participation of 40,000 trade associations including All India Mobile Retailers Association (AIMRA), Al India Consumer Products Distributors Federation (AICPDF) and All India Association of Electronics Merchants Association (AIAEMA) among others.
“We stand committed to wage a strong fight against Amazon, Flipkart and other e-commerce companies which are bent upon in destroying the country’s retail business,” said CAIT on behalf of trade leaders unanimous resolution taken today in New Delhi. CAIT said that several trade associations will organise a dharna on November 20 in over 500 cities of all states, and another protest called ‘National Protest March Day’ in which 10 lakh traders will submit a memorandum in the name of Prime Minister to their respective district collectors. On ‘National Traders Rally Day’, 20 lakh traders will participate in a rally in over 1,000 cities.
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On December 11, ‘Save Traders Rally’ will be organised by CAIT followed by a three-day National Traders Convention from January 6 till January 8. The CAIT will then review the situation on January 9 and plan the next phase of their agitation. Amazon and Flipkart have repeatedly claimed that it had always complied with the FDI laws and have been involved in the process of job creation in the country. They also claimed that they have helped in the growth of small enterprises.