New Delhi:  Farmer organizations on Friday supported the government’s policy regarding Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the retail sector.
 
In a conversation with secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), farmer organizations stressed on safeguarding the farmers’ interest before the implementation of the FDI policy. Farmer organizations also highlighted the need of the participation of states in this regard.

DIPP secretary P K Chaudhery said, “The meeting was crucial because it was attended by farmers of all sections. Organizations like Jagriti Agro Tech, Kisan Jagriti Manch, Bharat Krishak Samaj and Organic Farming Association of India were present for the meeting. By and large organizations supported the government’s policy and stressed for suitable amendments that should be made in the state market laws before the implementation of the FDI policy.”

In November 2011, the government approved  51 percent FDI in retail sector, but after facing strong opposition from various ends it had to put the decision on hold. Since then the government is consulting related groups to form consensus on this matter.

Ministry of consumer affairs on Thursday discussed this matter with the consumer organizations seeking their opinion. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has been consulting small industries, organizations and farmers who will directly be affected by the FDI policy.
 
 “After the discussions and considering all the opinions, the final decision on the FDI in the retail sector will be taken on the political level.” Chaudhery added.

JPN/Bureau