FDI in multi-brand retail reportedly to create a chaos of unemployment and ill treatment of Indian workforce in logistics, agriculture and manufacturing.
Jyotiraditya Scindia,Minister of State for Commerce and Industry was quoted as saying that Switzerland-based UNI Global Union has presented a paper on 'Wal-Mart's Global Track Record and the implication for FDI in multi-brand retail'.
"The paper dwells on the business practices of Wal-Mart in some countries and concludes that without adequate safeguards put in place, FDI in multi-brand retail will lead to widespread displacement and poor treatment of Indian workers in retail, logistics, agriculture and manufacturing," Scindia said.
Wal-Mart is widespread in the Indian market through a wholesale cash and carry stores. Like other global chains it is awaiting for implementation of the government decision to permit 51% foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail but there is a strong opposition from the from UPA ally Trinamool Congress and several state governments, reports added.