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CAIT demands BCCI, IOA to cancel Chinese sponsorships

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New Delhi, Jun 22 (KNN) After urging celebrities such as Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone etc. to desist promoting Chinese products, the Confederation of All India Traders has asked the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) to cancel the sponsorship of Vivo for IPL and other Chinese companies.

The traders' body has also demanded the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to withdraw sponsorship of Chinese companies, if any.

Meanwhile, the CAIT has urged Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to amend the rules and make it mandatory for every e-commerce portal to invariably write Country of Origin with each product sold at their platforms.

''Most of the e-commerce portals are selling Chinese goods for which the consumer remains unaware,'' CAIT said in a statement.

CAIT National President B C Bhartia & Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal asked the Union and State Government to cancel all government contracts awarded to Chinese companies.

The duo said that now the time has come when sinister designs of China to control and capture the Indian market should be foiled. There is growing resentment & anguish across the country against China and the sentiments of the Indian people should be respected by political fraternity & other Institutions to join hands with the people of the Country to boycott Chinese goods in order to reduce India's dependency on China.

"It will not happen overnight and a comprehensive strategy is required in consultation with all Chief Ministers, representatives of the business community, small Industries & Industry sectors" they said.

The traders' body has drawn a strategy to boycott Chinese goods in phases and accordingly in the first phase it has identified a broad category of 450 items having more than 3000 items which should be boycotted in the first phase. These are all finished goods whose alternatives are already available in the Country. Mobiles, electronic items, technology driven products, raw material and spare parts have not been included in this list.

However, the CAIT will initiate dialogue with the government to draw a strategy to facilitate manufacturing of these products in India. The ongoing campaign of CAIT will continue till December 31st 2021 and it has set a target of reducing imports from China to the tune of Rs One lakh crore (13bn dollars) till such time.

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