CAIT announces three month-long agitation over e-commerce rules, GST rationalisation
New Delhi, Dec 26 (KNN) With the aim to put pressure on the central government to bring e-commerce policy and e-commerce rules under Consumer Protection Act, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has announced a three month-long agitation from January 1 till March 31, 2023.
As per reports, CAIT announced that from January 1 to January 7, the trade associations all over the country will undertake a ‘national e-mail’ campaign under which bulk e-mails will be sent to both Union and state governments and all political parties, seeking their attention towards the problems being faced by traders due to a highly vitiated e-commerce created by foreign e-commerce companies and much complex GST taxation system.
“It is a matter of great regret that even after spending more than three years, the Central Government has not been able to bring e-commerce policy and e-commerce rules under Consumer Protection Act whereas the foreign e-commerce companies are bent upon in violating the law and the FDI policy quite openly under the nose of the government and no action has been taken so far,” a statement issued by CAIT said.
Along with the Central Government, the state governments are also to be blamed since trade and commerce is a state subject and even after suffering huge losses of GST revenue at the hands of foreign e-commerce companies, the state governments have been silent, it added.
CAIT National President B.C. Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said the business community of the country is disappointed that there is no policy or rule on e-commerce trade.
Traders across the country will observe January 17 as ‘Liberate Trade from E-commerce Day’ and trade associations will hold a dharna all over the country urging Central and state governments to accept and implement the traders charter of CAIT, reported Newsroom Odisha.
“The traders across the country will observe a day-long hunger on January 20, 2023 at more than 1,000 places,” the statement said.
In February, trade associations of all states will take out rallies in their respective cities and will submit memorandums to respective chief ministers and finance ministers.
In March, state level traders conferences will be held in all states and a three-day national traders’ conference will be held in the first week of April 2023 in New Delhi. (KNN Bureau)