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Gujarat CM’s MoU with Amazon is ‘embracing East India Company’ says national traders body

| Updated: September 9, 2021 20:52

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani signing an MoU with Amazon India on Tuesday to boost MSME exports has sparked off countrywide protests with the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) equating it with embracing the East India Company.  

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is about hand-holding and onboarding MSMEs in Gujarat on the Amazon Global Selling platform.

The CAIT, a national platform of traders, has expressed shock that the state government is seeking to do business with a “known law offender” against which central agencies like the Enforcement Directorate and Competition Commission of India have initiated action.  

CAIT’s national president BC Bhartia and Secretary-General Praveen Khandelwal wondered that on one hand the CCI and the ED are conducting investigations against Amazon for allegedly indulging in anti-competitive practices and violation of e-commerce rules and FEMA, and on the other, the BJP-ruled state government is propping up Amazon to build its business.

Bhartia and Khandelwal said that they will raise this issue with BJP President J P Nadda and Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and apprise them of the political consequences of this act.

They have asserted that not only the traders in Gujarat but across the country are “feeling cheated at the hands of the Gujarat Government for shaking hands with such a company and boosting its sales.”

Bhartia and Khandelwal said the Gujarat Government was rendering products made in the state captive in the hands of Amazon. In an angry statement, they asked, “Does Gujarat Chief Minister know the on-ground operations of Amazon or before taking such a decision, has he gone through various charges levelled against Amazon? Has he consulted the Union Government?”

They went on to assert that Rupani “has acted just like a ruler of a state shaking hands with the East India Company, which had sinister motives of making the country an economic slave.”

The CAIT has decided to take this up nationally and build a “national campaign to protest against multinationals engaged in e-commerce.”

It may be recalled that the CAIT had recently accused Infosys chief Narayan Murthy of helping Amazon’s “dubious practices in India.” They alleged that Murthy-funded firm Cloudtail is the biggest vendor Amazon in India.

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