Nagpur: In their first major show of resentment and anguish over current fiasco on online retail business, the offline traders across the Country will be staging ” Attention Dharna” at more than 150 cities in different states of the Country on forthcoming 31st October,2014. The one day series of Dharna under the umbrella of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) will be led by a Dharna at RBI Square Nagpur. In their bid to hold one to one talks with Brand Owner Companies whose products are sold both online and offline, the CAIT has also convened a meeting with senior officials of such companies on 5th November,2014 at New Delhi.
The Dharna across the Country is being organised to attain focus of the Government towards current business practices of the online retail portals which have destroyed business of offline markets to a great extent-said Mr. B.C.Bhartia, CAIT National President and Mr. Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General, CAIT, in a joint statement issued at New Delhi today. Demanding specific Rules & Regulations for e commerce business and formation of a Regulatory Authority for retail trade of India, the protestors at Dharna will also demand investigation of business module of online retail portals by the Government. ” The offline market has suffered a business loss of about 45% this Diwali in comparison to last year’s Diwali festival”-said both Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal.
Both trade leaders further informed that beside Delhi and various other cities, the Dharna will also be held at Mumbai, Ahemadabad, Nagpur, Chennai, Hyderabad, Banglore, Calicut, Pondichery,Kolkata, Ranchi, Raipur, Kanpur, Jhansi, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Bhopal, Dehradoon, Cochin, Rourkela, Muzaffarpur, Vishakhapatnam, Gauhati, Jammu etc. Chamber of Commerce & Industry at State levels, Associations of Mobile, Computer, Electronics Dealers, FMCG Distributors and local Associations at different cities and State levels will participate in the Dharna in their respective States.
Both Mr. Bhartia & Mr. Khandelwal accused that so far the online retail business is conducted without any kind of specific Law, Rules & Regulations, which has disrtorted the basic fabric of Indian retail and has badly affected the offline market. Any sort of trading in the Country can not be continued without any Law and checks of the Government and therefore in the wake of emergence of online retail business, there is an urgent need to draw Laws and respective Rules & Regulations by the Government for conducting e commerce business in the Country. When offline trade is governed by manifold laws and Acts, the online trade is just another branch of retail trade and it can not escape from such Rules & Regulations-said both trade leaders.
In nagpur Team CAIT Nagpur is working hard to make the Dharna sucessful. Hawkers union Mama Fulzale and various units of communist parties have consented to join CAIT in this Dharna. Kishore Dharashivkar, bajrang agarwal, assandas balwani, prabhakar deshmukh, farooque akbani, nikhilesh thakkar, Madhu trivedi convenor, adv madhu limye, dhyaneshwar rakshak, anil nagpal, ravindra gupta, satish bang, asha pande, kavita sharma, sangeeta khandelwal, cs pinkush jaiswal and many others are working.