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Another RSS body protests move to ease FDI norms

Activists of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch protesting against FDI retail in New Delhi in this September 2012 photo. The Manch, a RSS affiliate, raised a banner of revolt against the Centre for its decision to ease FDI norms in 15 key sectors, demanding that the move be put on hold.  

Raising a banner of revolt against the government for its decision to ease FDI norms in 15 key sectors, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) on Sunday demanded that the move be put on hold even as it accused the Centre of haste in the matter.

The SJM also demanded a white paper detailing the benefits and drawbacks of FDI and said a commission comprising stakeholders should first be set up to examine the issue. It further added that government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative should be more of ‘Made by India.’

‘Done in a hurried manner’

“The SJM believes that the present decision of the government to ease FDI norms for major sectors of the economy has been taken in a hurried manner and without going into the pros and cons of the decision.

“The SJM demands that these decisions be put on hold and a commission constituted taking all stakeholders on board while instituting a comprehensive study to estimate loss to the economy,” Ashwani Mahajan, All India Co-Convener of the Manch, told PTI.

Toeing UPA policy

“It is painful to see that the present government continues to follow the policy of previous UPA government in this regard. The SJM reiterates its demand for a white paper and urges the government to share the factual position with the people of India instead of repeating mere claims and intention,” he said.

The opposition from the SJM comes three days after another RSS affiliate, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, warned the government of mass agitations if the FDI decision was not immediately rolled back.

‘Deep anguish’

The SJM said it was “in deep anguish over the Central government’s decision to ease FDI norms in almost all major sectors of the economy, including defence, plantation, broadcasting, single brand e-commerce, banking, construction, limited liabilities partnership, duty-free shops, etc.”

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