The merchants’ physique referred to as for rapid motion to cease the follow and a radical probe into why banks have been extending reductions solely on buy from designated e-commerce portals
Traders’ physique Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) stated in a letter to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that banks act in collusion with e-commerce firms to present incentives to clients, which works in opposition to the Reserve Bank of India’s Fair Practices Code.
“In the present case, it has been noticed that several Banks including State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, ICICI Bank,, Axis Bank, Citi Bank, HDFC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, HSBC Bank, RBL Bank and others have entered into an unholy alliance with e-commerce companies prominently with Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart, forming a cartel and thereby granting 10 percent cash back and other incentives in lieu of making payments using respective bank cards while purchasing goods from online portals,” wrote Praveen Khandelwal, National Secretary General, CAIT.
However, the letter stated these banks don’t present the similar profit to buyers who use online mode of cost whereas shopping for immediately from merchants. This, he wrote, is hindering with the sleek functioning of small scale retailers thus breaching the ‘right to trade’ assured in the structure to each Indian in addition to being a violation of Competition Act, 2002.
The merchants’ physique referred to as for rapid motion to cease the follow and a radical probe into why banks have been extending reductions solely on buy from designated e-commerce portals.
“Surprisingly, till date, no auditor or competent authority has ever questioned this discrepancy and neither the Reserve Bank of India has questioned such a brazen unethical irregularity of business by the banks,” the letter acknowledged.
CAIT had earlier written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in search of an empowered regulatory authority to regulate and monitor the e-commerce enterprise in India, claiming that “big e-commerce companies having deep pockets are leaving no stone unturned in monopolising the e-commerce business and retail trade of India with their malpractices and violating FDI policy of the government and relevant laws and rules”.
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