Jamshedpur, June 25: The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) India’s apex traders’ body has written to Tata Steel and Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran requesting for support for boycotting Chinese products.
Suresh Sonthalia, national secretary, CAIT in a letter to the chairman said: “We believe that the people of India consider you as a successful entrepreneur and one of the captains of Indian industry and as such we feel pleasure to invite you as a valued partner and wish to make a humble request to you to wholeheartedly participate in the campaign and lend your complete support in this mass movement which has the making of a game changing initiative that has the potential for India’s journey as a global superpower by reducing China’s dominance. There are various ways in which your organisation can participate in this movement”.
CAIT India’s apex traders’ body representing seven crore traders through more than 40,000 trade Associations, has launched a nationwide campaign to boycott Chinese goods under its flagship movement ‘Bhartiya saaman-Hamara Abhiman’ to support clarion call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘Local par Vocal’. The campaign has received wide- spread support from all corners of the country and the CAIT has set a target of reducing imports from China by a value of 13 billion dollars i.e approximately Rs. 1 Lakh crore by December,2021.
He noted that with this campaign, the CAIT in association with all other stakeholders of Indian economy wishes to reduce dependency of India on China or for that matter on any other Country which will convert India as “Atamnirbhar Bharat”, the clarion call given by visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For attaining this object, we all stakeholders and the Government has to draw a comprehensive and long drawn strategy having short term, mid-term and long term goals to the core of the strategy. The CAIT has launched the campaign surely with emotions towards our great motherland but is equally crafted with deep thoughts, in- depth study and mind boggling discussions with trade leaders of India for two months during the period of COVID lockdown.
India import four categories of products from China i.e. finished goods, raw material, spare parts for
assembly of goods in India and technology driven products. The CAIT has decided to boycott
Chinese Goods in a phased manner and for the first phase we have earmarked finished goods from an
identified list of about 450 broad categories of products which nearly has more than 3000 products and
those products are already been manufactured in India.