Ujjain: Medicine shops, retailers down shutters to protest against FDI

Consumer products retailers and medical stores’ owners and dealers kept their business closed on Friday to protest against 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail sector. The bandh call was given by Akhil Bhartiya Vyapari Mahasangh (ABVM). Notably, medicine shops in the city started their strike since Thursday midnight in protest against online medicine sellers.

District chemist and druggist association secretary Manoj Duggad said that 450 medical shops across the city and 1200 medical shops across the district remained closed. Duggad said that medicines are being sold 60 to 70 per cent cheaper on online portals which are causing big damage to retail businesses nationwide. Strike by medical stores posed problems to patients and their family members across the district.

District head of consumer product distributors association Krishnamurari Somani condemned the 100 percent FDI in retail sectors and said that this decision of the government will spoil the traditional retail business in the country. Foreign retails giants are opening malls across the country to destroya domestic retail business, he added.

Dealers, retail store owners take out protest rally
Medical stores’ owners and dealers gathered at Madhav Club Road and took out a vehicle rally and handed over a memorandum, addressed to the prime minister of India, to collector. Consumer products retailers assembled at Bharatmata Mandir near Mahakaleshwar temple and took out a rally and submitted a memorandum to the collector in the name of Prime minister of India. The bandh was not supported by Patani Bazar, Doulatganj wholesale kirana association and petrol pumps while shops of cloth market, Bada Sarafa, Gopal Madir, Lakherwadi remained closed in the support of the bandh. Public transport within the city remained normal.

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