CAIT seeks action against e-commerce majors Amazon and Flipkart over alleged supply of non-essential items during COVID-19

CAIT seeks action against e-commerce majors Amazon and Flipkart over alleged supply of non-essential items during COVID-19
IANS
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has written to Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal seeking action against e-commerce majors Amazon and Flipkart over alleged supply of non-essential goods amid the Covid-19 restrictions.

"They have now started taking undue advantage of the pandemic by making illegitimate financial gains by supplying non-essential items which have been strictly prohibited by many state administrations due to ongoing lockdowns to prevent the spread of Covid-19," said the letter written by CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal.

The traders' body alleged that amidst the pandemic, the e-commerce players are trying to capture the market share from small traders by defining every item as essential including mobile phones and accessories.

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CAIT also said that the government should bring in "a new press note with clarifications with regards to what is permitted and prohibited for marketplace e-commerce entities, to expedite the process and save the industry for the ulterior motives of these foreign entities".

It also blamed the government of turning a blind eye to the "violations" of the e-commerce giants as they are "larger than life corporations".


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