Shimla: The Union Cabinet`s decision to
allow 51 per cent FDI in the retail sector amounts to playing
into the hands of multinational companies, Himachal Pradesh
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Friday said.
Addressing series of public meetings in Nalagarh assembly
constituency, going to the polls on November 30, he said the
decision allowing the MNCs to open stores in the country would
harm the interests of Indian traders and unemployed youth and
force petty tradesmen to close shop.
Accusing the UPA of discriminating against Himachal
Pradesh, Dhumal said curtailing the tenure of industrial
package from 2013 to 2011, reducing the foodgrains quota under
PDS and not granting special financial package to overcome the
funds crunch caused by "adverse" recommendations of the 13th
Finance Commission were examples of step-motherly treatment
meted out to the state.
He said FDI in retail would seriously affect the self
employment ventures in both rural and urban areas as youth
coming forward to run small shops and kiosks would be
Hitting out at the UPA government for price rise,
corruption and "bias" towards non-Congress ruled states, he
claimed that the BJP government in himachal has been making
consistent efforts to provide relief to all sections of the
It has been spending over Rs 150 crore on supplying
subsidised foodgrains to all ration card holders including the
above poverty line (APL) families and giving subsidy of Rs 166
crore on electricity to all the domestic consumers, he said.