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Traders Body Cait Hold Nationwide Protests Against Amazon


The Confederation of All Traders of India (CAIT) has staged nationwide protests against the big e-commerce giant Amazon. The organization, which consists of eight crore traders and 40,000 trade associations, protested in 500 districts. The CAIT protests were against Amazon’s unethical practices in the country. Merchants held signs with depictions of Amazon founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos.

The traders’ body alleged that Amazon sold marijuana worth Rs 1 crore through its platform, earning a 66% commission on drugs, and was also responsible for selling chemicals which were used to make bombs for the Pulwama attack. They also protested against Amazon for selling poison on its platform.

“Traders @CAITIndia today held a nationwide protest against recent news of continued unethical practices by Amazon regarding the sale of drugs (sic), the sale of used chemicals for the bombs in Pulwama and the sale of poison. The protest in New Delhi was led by Shri @praveendel & Shri @AhujaVipen, ”the body tweeted.

Traders were also protesting the GST council’s decision to increase the GST rate on textiles and footwear.

Previously, Madhya Pradesh police dismantled a marijuana racket that was sold as curry leaves through the Amazon portal.

“Reports that Amazon executives have been arrested or charged in connection with this case is incorrect and we are not aware of any Amazon executives named in the investigation. On the contrary, Amazon continues to help with the investigation. There are media reports of third-party delivery contractors being investigated, but we cannot confirm these reports, ”Amazon said in response.

The body of powerful traders has come up against e-commerce platforms like Flipkart and Amazon in recent years amid increasing competition in the Indian retail market. CAIT had repeatedly requested the suspension of Amazon’s license for its alleged role in selling the chemicals used to make bombs used in the Pulwama attack and for breaking IDE rules by the through its operations in India.

The group was also instrumental in lobbying for the new draft e-commerce rules, where changes focus on anti-competitive practices, protectionist policies and the increased burden of compliance for e-commerce entities. .

(Edited by : Shoma bhattacharjee)

First publication: STI


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