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BJP never in favour of FDI in multi-brand retail: Jaitley

"If somebody asked me what is your view, I said BJP is never in favour of this," said Arun Jaitley.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: May 19, 2015 2:08 pm
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said the BJP was “never” in favour of allowing foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail and a recent government notification only published the extant policy on it. “Let’s be very clear. What the DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion) did was publish the existing policy and so far what was decided by the UPA is continuing, the fact that the BJP was never in favour of this decision is publicly known,” Jaitley told PTI in an exclusive interview.

He was replying to a question on the DIPP in its FDI policy compendium stating that 51 per cent foreign direct investment was permitted in the multi-brand retail sector. “If somebody asked me what is your view, I said BJP is never in favour of this,” he said. Asked that what is stopping the government to reverse the decision of the UPA government on the sector, he said: “Leave something for the government also.”

On May 12, the DIPP retained the previous UPA government’s decision allowing foreign retailers to open multi-brand stores with 51 per cent ownership, in its consolidated FDI policy released. Although the previous government had allowed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi—brand retail, only one investment proposal of the UK—based Tesco was cleared.

The BJP manifesto had said, “Barring the multi—brand retail sector, FDI will be allowed in sectors wherever needed for job and asset creation, infrastructure and acquisition of niche technology and specialised expertise.” Jaitley also evaded giving a direct reply to a question on what the government’s response will be if a retailer was to submit an FDI proposal. “When it will come, I will (respond),” he said.

“I have replied what I have said, the DIPP circular has reproduced what is the existing policy. At the same time if somebody asked me what is your view, I would say the BJP is never in favour of this,” he added.

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  1. T
    May 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm
    When Planning Commission can be confined to history why this confusion now
    1. K
      May 19, 2015 at 2:34 pm
      In my opinion 6-7% will be a balanced interest rate that can be helpful for both the banks and the people who keep fixed deposit. With that rate many people from abroad will keep money as fixed deposits resulting in economic growth. With that rate seniors(above 60) can feel financial relief.
      1. A
        May 19, 2015 at 4:05 pm
        BJP never in favour of FDI in multi-b retail: Jaitley ................................ KYON rishwat baraber nahi mili kya?
        1. N
          May 19, 2015 at 7:24 pm
          Nice and firm statement by Mr Jaitley .... and now wait for the U-turn !!
          1. M
            Mysore Ranganath
            May 19, 2015 at 5:10 pm
            He fears marwadis who pollute the dal and chawal and sell in petty shops will go out of business
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