Montek pitches for FDI in online retail
"I have expressed my view that if we have FDI in conventional retail, the same principle should apply in online retail. Many people have brought this to my attention. I propose to raise this with Anand Sharma," he told reporters on the sidelines of Ficci meet here.
Ahluwalia further said that there was not much pressure from foreign online retailers because one "can order from Amazon.com" or other foreign companies while sitting in India.
"But in the Indian firms which are doing online retail, if you can't have foreign direct investment in order to expand your operations, it is not really sensible," he said, adding:
"We need to look at many of those areas, lot more carefully than we are doing."
India allows 100 per cent FDI in single brand retail as well as wholesale trading. It also allows 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail segment. While FDI is not allowed in online retailing, 100 foreign investment is permitted in business to business (B2B) e-commerce.
On RBI's monetary policy review later this month, Ahluwalia said inflation has come down and there was need to boost economic growth.
"...there is no doubt in my view that compared to the situation four months ago we are in a much better position than we were earlier. Inflation is down. We need to stimulate growth. we are doing what we can
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