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Ending Ties with Amazon: CAIT to State Governments

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CAIT said it was sending letters to the chief ministers of all these states and that its delegations were meeting with them as well. This will be followed by statewide protests in all states.

It is very unfortunate and regrettable that several states in the country have signed a memorandum of understanding with Amazon, although Amazon is a known global law breaker and has been penalized in different countries for its bad business practices. The company continuously violates Indian laws and regulations and is also under investigation by the Enforcement Branch and the Competition Commission of India. Such memoranda of understanding strongly contradict Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Atmnirbhar Bharat” and “Vocal for the Locals” campaign, the Confederation of All Indian Traders (CAIT) said. CAIT said it was sending letters to the chief ministers of all these states and that its delegations were meeting with them as well. It will be followed by statewide protests in all states in support of its demands.

CAIT National President BC Bhartia and General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal strongly condemned such colonial attitude by state governments. In the last few days MP’s Home Secretary Dr Narottam Mishra had admitted Amazon’s involvement in the Ganja Supply racketeering and therefore at first instance the MP’s government should immediately quash all of its memoranda of understanding with Amazon. Any connection with a lawbreaker and a guilty business will throw some reflections on how deputy government works, CAIT added. Bhartia and Khandelwal said that in March 2021, Amazon announced the launch of Mrignayani MP Government Emporium in its market. It has also been said that Amazon will provide an opportunity for more than 5,000 weavers in Madhya Pradesh, offering specialty products from their region to customers, and also have a positive impact on their lives and businesses and Sant Ravidas Madhya Pradesh Handicraft and Handloom Development Corporation will sell its crafts and hand-woven products on Amazon.

The MP government should advise its agencies to disassociate themselves from Amazon, CAIT observed. To forge skills and promote entrepreneurship and digital governance in the state, the collaboration within the Amazon Saheli group, has ventured into the e-commerce space with Amazon for various government agency products. , engaged in what is called skill and digitally empowers artisans, weavers and other communities. , training and integration of MSMEs, etc. The CAIT alleged that, although several steps have been taken by a large number of States, nothing concrete has so far taken shape on the ground. Amazon as usual in a very clandestine manner obtained very valuable data. Bhartia and Khandelwal also said that Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala , Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab Tamil Nadu Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, etc. have entered into various agreements with Amazon.