'Retail FDI rider to help China and not India'
Small industries have raised serious concerns over the fine prints of the controversial policy, which gives liberty to the foreign players to source 30 per cent of their requirements from MSEs anywhere in the world. The fear is more with regard to China with which India is already running a huge trade deficit of $20 billion (about Rs 1.05 lakh crore) as Chinese goods are pre-dominant in the Indian markets.
"China has done nuisance for us. And after this (the FDI policy) it will become more difficult for us," President of Federation of Indian Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME) V K Aggarwal said.
He said that the issue had come up in the meetings of Planning Commission with the industry, where it was stressed that India should seek FDI in multi-brand retail on its own terms and model like the Chinese have done to foreign investors.
"This (the policy) has come as a shock to us. It makes no sense at all. Indian government is not supposed to take care of the MSEs of entire world," Aggarwal said. In the Cabinet decision of November 24, the overseas players have to do 30 per cent of their sourcing from MSEs which however "can be done from anywhere in the world and is not India specific".
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