Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail is the discussion going on this year, 21-day winter session in the Parliament. This is not a report; I am trying to focus the importance of FDI in retail, in India. Foreign investment is valuable to grow industrial agriculture and is beneficial for the farmers.
According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) every year more than 17,500 Indian farmers killed themselves. More than 30% sell their agricultural lands to repay the bank loan with interest. The middlemen in agribusiness are taking the cream and poor farmers are getting poorer in this country.
Also, FDI must not be signed for a long-term basis. I don’t like Indian Constitution that is so impossible to change and unable to walk through the modern age. First, FDI in retail should introduce for several years with suitable terms and conditions to test the output in retail market. If the market shows successful graphs then it will be the most valuable decision ever taken by the UPA govt. and we must support it!
5 Most Valuable Arguments, Why I Would Support Foreign Direct Investment in Retail?
*This will have a salutary impact on food inflation from efficiencies in supply chain. This is also because food, which perishes due to inadequate infrastructure, will not be wasted.
* Sourcing of a minimum of 30% from Indian micro and small industry is mandatory. This will provide the scales to encourage domestic value addition and manufacturing, thereby creating a multiplier effect for employment, technology up-gradation and income generation.
* A strong legal framework in the form of the Competition Commission is available to deal with any anti-competitive practices, including predatory pricing.
* There has been impressive growth in retail and wholesale trade after China approved 100% FDI in retail. Thailand has experienced tremendous growth in the agro-processing industry.
* In Indonesia, even after several years of emergence of supermarkets, 90% of fresh food and 70% of all food is still controlled by traditional retailers.
Do you want to see India among the list of developed countries? Do you expect another Green Revolution through Industrial Harvesting and proper use of agricultural resources?
If you ask these questions to an Indian and one of the answer comes negative, then consider him/her as an ignorant or is against the goodwill of this country.
See, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is all about the World Peace. If a country investing in India, it doesn’t mean that they are trading and taking Indian money to their land. It also means huge foreign investment to compete retail market price. Both the Indian Retail Business Organizations and Foreign Direct Investors will compete the market price is beneficial for every customer. FDI in retail is important to improve International Relations! It will be the easiest way of mutual understanding through business between countries. We should show up interest on such international policies to grow up, because the International Goodwill is the only hope to bring World Peace!