India would become nation of sales boys, sales girls: Jaitley
“The big stores that would be opened would be owned by the American or British companies, the goods would be of Chinese origin while India would become a nation of sales boys and sales girls,” Jaitley said during the debate on AIADMK’s motion seeking the withdrawal of the decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail.
Attempting to debunk the government’s argument that it had left it to the states to decide whether or not to allow MNC stores within their territories, Jaitley said the claim was “misleading” since FDI was a central subject. “You are opening a window that will be used by these companies to open the doors and set their foot everywhere,” he warned.
Jaitley said a “fragmented market” was much better for India at its current stage of development. “A consolidated market benefits neither the producer nor the consumer. Today the situation in India is not such that a consolidated market can be created,” he said. “Every change is not a reform. We are blindly following the western definitions of economic development whereas the situations in those countries are entirely different.”
He cited several studies to argue that entry of large retail stores does not