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Farmers’ Demands on FDI Retail

The latest addition of the KISAN KI AWAAZ, the farmers’ union monthly magazine, has a contribution from Dharmenda Kumar. Click to read the full article.

RBI must amend FEMA rules on FDI in retail: Supreme Court

New Delhi, Oct 15: The Foreign Exchange Management Act regulations should have been amended by the Reserve Bank of India before the Centre cleared 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail, the Supreme Court said today.

The apex court made this observation while hearing a Public Interest Litigation that was filed by Advocate ML Sharma. He argued that retail trading is barred under the existing FEMA regulations.

Attorney General GE Vahanvati admitted that the government had erred since the RBI had not effected any change in the regulations after 2008.

The Supreme Court bench of Justice RM Lodha and Justice AR Dave then said that “it is an irregularity that is curable and as soon as amendment is brought, it would be cured.”

Stating that this irregularity is not enough to warrant a stay on the policy, the court emphasised that RBI must amend the rules without delay.

“This is a must before the policy is given a legalshape,” the judges said. They demanded to know when the RBI will take the necessary steps. Vahanvati assured that he will ask the RBI governor to immediately amend the FEMA regulations.

The court, however, rejected the petitioner’s other contention that prior approval from the President or Parliament was needed for the Centre’s notification on FDI in retail.

“This assumption that the policy has to be in the name of the President is flawed and unfounded. The Constitution does not provide that the policy should be in the name of the President,” the judges said.

Pointing out that Parliament does not look into policies, the court said that a policy can be deemed as incorrect only if the relevant notification is ultra vires of the law.

The court has given the government time till the next hearing on Nov 5 to amend the FEMA regulations.

It is to be noted that the Trinamool Congress walked out of the ruling coalition just days after the UPA allowed 51 per cent FDI in retail. The exit of the Mamata Banerjee-led party meant that the government was reduced to a minority.

http://news.oneindia.in/2012/10/15/rbi-must-amend-fema-regulations-on-fdi-in-retail-sc-1084435.html

 

Walmart Under Investigation in India

Walmart is being probed in India over allegations of FDI norms violations.  Click here to read complete article.

People reject FDI in Retail in the Public Hearing organized by East Delhi Municipal Corporation

People reject FDI in Retail in the Public Hearing organized by East Delhi Municipal Corporation: Trade Unions, Street Vendors Associations, RWAs & Civil Society expressed their opinion: 98% voted against FDI in Retail in the opinion poll; Respecting Peoples verdict EDMC will not grant trade licences to FDI Retailers: Mayor

In an unprecedented initiative, East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) organized a public hearing to take note of the peoples’ opinion on the issue of FDI in Retail. People from all sections of society including street vendors, small shop keepers, trade unions, resident welfare associations, civil society representative participated in the public hearing.

Delivering the opening remark, Dr. Annapurna Mishra, the Hon’ble Mayor of East Delhi said that the purpose of the initiative is to take note of the peoples’ voice to help the corporation in shaping trade policies.

An opinion poll was also conducted to know the views of participants. 98% participants opined against FDI in Retail.

Hakim Singh Rawat, R B singh Rajpoot, Sodan Singh, Bijender Yadav, Pravesh Sharma, Bansi Lal (street vendors), Praveen Khandelwal, Satish Garg, Raj Kumar Bhatia, Om Prakash Dubey, Deepak Sharma (Traders), Ashwini Mahajan (SJM), Aneesh Mishra (trade union) Vikramjeet Banerjee (Advocate) and many others expressed their view on FDI in Retail.

Concluding the public hearing senior journalist Sh. Ram Bahadur Rai said that in the past the Prime Minister was against FDI in Retail. He alleged that such policy decisions are influenced by powerful international lobby groups.

The Leader of opposition, Ms. Varyam Kaur, who was also invited for the public hearing came at the closing stages and abruptly interrupted the meeting shouting that the Municipal Corporation can not organize such event.

The Hon’ble Mayor stated that public opinion is evident on the issue of FDI in Retail and respecting the peoples’ verdict the EDMC would bring a motion to oppose FDI in Retail and would not grant any trade licences to FDI retailers.  She said that a detailed report of the proceedings would be send to the Hon’ble Lt. Governor and Chief Minister of Delhi.

Dharmendra Kumar of India FDI Watch conducted the proceeding.

For Photos click:

http://dkfordignity.blogspot.in/2012/09/no-fdi-retailer-in-east-delhi.html

 

Join Us

In a first of its kind, East Delhi Municipal Corporation is organizing a PUBLIC HEARING on FDI in Retail on 28th Sept. at 1.30 pm at its headquarters of Patparganj Industrial area. The Hon’ble Mayor along with a panel of experts would be hearing peoples’ views on the issue. A report of the public hearing would be later presented to the Hon’ble Leftinent Governor of Delhi.

Manmohan Opposed Retail FDI When in Opposition

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has in the past been opposed to Retail FDI.  Click here to read the correspondence.

Editorial on Retail FDI & Farmers

Here is a copy of our editorial in Daily Amar Ujala.

Government Sends Notifications on FDI

Showing utter disregard to democratic institutions and expressions, Indian Govt. notified its decision to allow FDI in multi brand retail, late evening on a day retail trade unions and majority of political parties observed nationwide strike to protest against such reform policies.

Notification of FDI in MBRT

Notification of FDI in Single Brand Retail

Government Sends Notifications on FDI

Showing utter disregard to democratic institutions and expressions, Indian Govt. notified its decision to allow FDI in multi brand retail, late evening on a day retail trade unions and majority of political parties observed nationwide strike to protest against such reform policies.

Notification of FDI in MBRT

Notification Single Brand Retail FDI

 

India Strikes Against FDI Retail

 

Today’s call for a nationwide strike (Bharat Bandh) by trade unions of street vendors, small traders, and most of the political parties from left to right and including of parties within the Govt.  and parties supporting the Govt. was historical. Millions of retailers and thousands of trade associations observed the bandh demanding rollback of FDI in multi-brand retail. All major markets were closed through out India. Public transport was off the roads and colleges, schools, offices and transport services remain shut in most part of India. Trains were blocked by political activists of BJP, SP and CPI (ML) in many places including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand. The station Master of Patna Railway Station was locked. The impact of the strike was also seen in states of the North East. The bandh was total in Manipur. Banks, markets, shops and educational institutions were closed, with government offices recording low attendance in Meghalaya. Railway, road and others services were heavily impacted in Jharkhand. Most colleges reported only 20-50% attendance in Mumbai.

In a sit-in protest organised jointly by our campaign allies prominent national leaders from left to right shared the dais. NDA Convenor and JD(U) President Sharad Yadav asked the Congress to remove Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for this “attack on the bread of butter of 25 crore people”, while addressing the protest at Jantar Mantar. Eight parties including left parties and SP took out protest march towards Parliament and Mulayam Singh Yadav, Prakash Karat, AB Bardhan, Sitaram Yechury and Chandrababu Naidu courted arrest in parliament police station. BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu was detained in Hyderabad whereas Yeddyurappa and Ananth Kumar got arrested in Bangalore.

On the other hand, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said to media that the nation-wide strike has caused a huge damage to the Indian economy and the common people. Big Business lobby group, CII reported to media that the nation-wide strike against the government decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail have caused losses to the tune of Rs12,500 crore ($2.25 billion) to the Indian economy.

For Photos click:

http://dkfordignity.blogspot.in/2012/09/india-strikes-against-fdi-in-retail.html

Thanks,

Dharmendra Kumar

 


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