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CAIT intensifies agitation against Walmart deal; to launch 90 days ‘Digital Rath Yatra’ from Sept 15

image CAIT intensifies agitation against Walmart deal; to launch 90 days ‘Digital Rath Yatra’ from Sept 15

New Delhi, Sept 12 (KNN) While Intensifying its opposition to Walmart Flipkart deal and FDI in Retail, along with holding nationwide protest in a form of trade band on September 28, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) is also launching a 90 days Digital Rath Yatra from September 15, 2018.

The yatra will begin from Delhi on September 15 and will culminate into a mammoth rally at New Delhi on December 16, 2018.

CAIT, Secretary General, Praveen Khandelwal informed that the CAIT is launching a door to door campaign against the deal & FDI in Retail and will launch a 90 days " Digital Path Yatra" on 15th September from historical Chandni Chowk in Delhi.

He said that the yatra will cover about 22 thousand Kilometers area covering 28 States and about 120 prominent cities while about 500 small cities will be covered en-route.

“The Yatra will connect with about one crore people and after covering the country will culminate into a mammoth Rally on 16th December at historical Ramlila Ground at Delhi,” he added.

For this yatra, he said CAIT National Senior Vice President Brij Mohan Agrawal will be Convenor and National Secretary Mr.Sanjay Patwari will be Co-Convenor.

Beside FDI in Retail & deal, the Yatra will highlight various other core issues of the traders like need for simplification of GST, robust & transparent e commerce policy, adoption & acceptance of digital payments, easy access to finance to small businesses through MUDRA yojna and other means, need of National Policy for Retail Trade, early introduction of Consumer Protection Act etc.

Local issues like sealing in Delhi and ban on plastics in Maharashtra & other States will also be raised while Yatra will travel in respective States.

During 90 days of the campaign, local Trade Associations in states will organize protest, conferences, meetings, demonstrations to register their stiff opposition to Walmart Flipkart deal and FDI in Retail.

CAIT has called for "Bharat Trade Bandh" on forthcoming 28th September against Walmart-Flipkart deal claiming that “the deal has violated Press Note No 3 of 2016 of Government and is a combination with a sinister design to control and dominate the retail trade through the passage of e-commerce".

All shops and small businesses across Country will remain closed on the day of Bandh and no commercial activity will took place.

About 7 crore small traders are expected to participate in the Bandh. Beside traders, All India Organisations of Transporters, Hawkers, Farmers, Consumers, Small Industries, Self employed groups, Women entrepreneurs and others will also participate in Bharat Bandh.

About 8 lakhs Chemists all over the Country will also participate in the Bandh as decided by All India Chemists & Druggists Associations. All India Consumer Products Distributors Association has also declared to close its member establishments all over the Country, said CAIT.

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