Retail FDI: How will you protect small traders, is this a 'political gimmick', Supreme Court asks govt
The apex court said that interest of small traders should not be affected by FDI in retail sector.
The apex court said that there is apprehension in the mind of small traders that their business would be affected with the coming of multinational companies in retail sector which needs to be allayed by the government by putting some regulatory mechanism.
A bench headed by Justice R M Lodha and S J Mukhopadhaya asked the Centre to file its response on these aspects within three weeks and also queried whether some foreign investment has come in the country after opening of retail sector or it was just a "political gimmick".
"What checks are there to ensure that free trade is not affected, particularly the interest of small traders," the bench said while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by an advocate questioning Centre's policy of opening retail sector for foreign direct investment.
"Apprehension is there in the mind of people that small traders' interest would be affected. How do you intend to allay the fear. Some regulatory mechanism has to be there," the bench said.
Favouring regulatory framework to protect small traders, the bench said that the big companies can bring price of commodity down through unfair trade practises forcing small traders to shut their