Guwahati: Criticising Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s decision to support 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail, CPI (M) yesterday said that any attempt to introduce the concept in the state will affect both farmers and consumers.
CPI (M) state secretary Uddhav Barman told that “Gogoi has supported Centre’s decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail. But any attempt to allow foreign companies to open such shops in Assam will be detrimental to the interest of both farmers and consumers.”
He also said that “Globally wherever FDI has been allowed into retail segment, there has been monopoly of big companies. This has hurt both traditional shopkeepers and also made products expensive.”
Barman said seven parties CPI (M), CPI, CPI (ML-Liberation), Forward Bloc,Revolutionary Socialist Party Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal (Socialist) have called for a day-long hartal in Assam on September 20 to resist the entry of MNCs in multi-brand retail sector.
Assam government had lately announced a one-month ban on bandhs and thus the parties have called for a hartal.