AAP leaders say FDI in retail could lead to economic slavery; Delhi Assembly passes resolution against move

New Delhi: The Delhi Assembly on Wednesday passed a resolution against FDI in retail with AAP legislators stressing that the move launched by the BJP-led central government would "break the back" of traders.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The resolution, moved by Aam Aadmi Party MLA Somnath Bharti, stated that 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail would only lead to "economic slavery".

"(It) resolves to oppose the decision of the Union Cabinet to allow 100 per cent FDI in retail as it leads to breaking the back of small and medium traders and ultimately to economic slavery of the country,” the resolution read.

Participating in the discussion on the issue, Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendra Jain said the BJP's claim that FDI in retail had nothing to do with small traders was incorrect.

"FDI (in retail) will destroy the business of traders. The country will move towards economic slavery," Jain said.

Labour Minister Gopal Rai said this was an anti-trader decision which would only lead to unemployment.

The Union government on Wednesday allowed 100 percent FDI by foreign investors in single-brand retail trading and construction development.

Updated Date: Jan 17, 2018 22:40 PM

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