Business Bureau :
Intensifying its national movement against Chinese goods, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Monday demanded Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal that all products sold in India through e-commerce or off-line shops or by any other method should mandatory have ‘Country of Origin’ mentioned on the products. It is worthwhile to mention that accepting an earlier demand of the CAIT, the Union Government had declared to have mandatory inscription of all goods that are to be sold on Government e-market portal. CAIT National President B C Bhartia said that in the wake of several goods imported from China and other countries are reported to be sold in India after pasting ‘Made in India’ has prompted the CAIT to demand the Commerce Minister not to limit the provision only for e-commerce but make it a mandatory for all the products that are sold in India.
The CAIT also demanded that products not carrying the above description should not be sold in the country and in the event of violation of this provision, the manufacturer, producer, importer or marketer as declared on the packing of such product should be held responsible and action must be taken against them. Both Bhartia and Khandelwal said that the concept of value addition will contain the details about the composition of the products whether the product is 100 per cent made in India or imported or assembled in India by a combination of imported and Indian material or otherwise and will let the customer know about the exact percentage of contents of all goods.
“We are of the considered opinion that provision of mentioning ‘Country of Origin’ and value addition will make the customers fully understand as to what they are purchasing and will obliviate all confusions. Such a provision will also strengthen the “Make in India” concept of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will also demolish the unethical designs of certain sections to sell imported goods by wrongly labelling ‘Made in India” on such goods,” said the trade leaders.
Bhartia and Khandelwal said that since the Union Government has begun the process of mentioning both above provisions on products sold on GeM from the date of the declaration then there should be no reason for delay from other e- commerce companies and they must implement the same with immediate effect. Please ensure that on the pretext of implementation, the e commerce companies should not indulge in delaying or making plans to circumvent the decision.