Agencies, New Delhi: Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley today said foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail sector will severely affect crores of farmers and small traders of the country.
“Four crore people are directly employed under retail trade and about 18-20 crore people are dependent on retail trade sector for their livelihood. FDI in retail will badly affect this section,” Mr Jaitley said while initiating the debate on a motion moved against the Congress-led UPA’s decision allowing 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail. The motion “that this House disapproves the decision of the government to allow FDI in multi-brand retail sector” was moved by AIADMK’s V Maitreyan and others under Rule 168 which entails voting. Mr Jaitley said FDI in multi-brand retail will also affect 51 per cent population of the country which were self-employed.