Sushma Swaraj Speaks in Debate on FDI
We had asked when you use stakeholder's what does that mean. Leader of the house had said it means the chief ministers of states and other constituents in the states and political parties.
Quotes from Pranab Mukherjee's statement in the house whilst suspending the decision on FDI
I thank the PM that the government bowed to popular demand.
There were two aspects to the assurances in Parliament - consensus and consultation.
But far from any effort at consensus, there was no effort at consultation.
We are the main opposition party, we were not taken into confidence.
I was shocked and called Advaniji. I asked him whether in all his years in Parliament he had seen such a violation of assurances made on the floor of the house.Advani ji said this was a case of violation of privileges.
The govt claims the policy of FDI is in the interests of the consumers - people will get better prices and better quality. A spread out market gives the consumer choice - a consumer has no choice when it comes to a small market.
We women know this since we go out shopping.
The retailers who will now come in resort to predatory pricing - first wipe out the competition at low rates and then when the consumer has no choice sell at high prices.
The other argument is it will benefit farmers - they never reduce profits. Look at the international experience. They pay farmers less, employees less. I have a declaration from the EU Parliament here -" large supermarkets are abusing their buying power."
In our country a successful cooperative like Amul has opposed to FDI - their president has said the so called benefits accrue to large retailers who drive down the prices.