AGRA: Opposition to Chinese products is gathering momentum in the city. Different organizations are making an appeal to the masses to avoid buying Chinese products in social media as well. People say the campaign to boycott 'Made in China' goods comes as a rebuttal to China's continued support to Pakistan and for voting in the United Nations against Indian interests and eating up business of domestic manufacturers. Shopkeepers and wholesalers of dealing in Chinese illumination items and other decorative goods are staring at a loss of business.
According to local businessmen, Chinese lighting and decorative items are used in almost every household during Diwali. They say last year the business in such products was around Rs 25 crore, and this year their business could take a hit by nearly 75% if the growing trend to boycott Chinese products continues.
Belanganj-based electronic items wholesaler Sunil Kumar Bansal said, "The campaign against 'Made in China' products will actually not cause much harm to Chinese manufacturers. The China-made items are already in the market and if these don't sell, local shopkeepers will incur heavy losses." He added, "To avoid delay in delivery of consignments and keeping in mind the huge demand for such products, wholesalers order the goods within the first half of the year. Items worth over Rs 15 crore have already reached the local markets."
Bansal said there are around 300 shops in the city which deals in Chinese made Diwali products. Of these 100 are based in Belanganj locality, he added.
Electrical item wholesaler Vineet Jain said, "The market is flooded with Diwali-related items. Wholesalers have sufficient stocks of China-made illuminating decorative items. Retailers have already ordered such items. The campaign against Chinese items has affected our business. We are expecting huge losses."
Retailer Ajay Agarwal said, "Chinese items are not expensive and that is why there is a huge demand for these. The government should ban the import of these items, and incentives should be given to domestic manufacturers to keep the prices low."
Agra Vyapar Mandal president T N Agarwal said, "This Diwali, people should boycott Chinese products. We are requesting businessmen to avoid selling Chinese products. If people will not purchase, shopkeepers will not sell Chinese items. Domestic manufacturing will never develop until we depend on Chinese product. China earns from India and funds Pakistan, which sponsors of terrorism."
阿格兰Vyapar Mandal主席T N阿加瓦尔说，“今年排灯节，人们应抵制中国货。我们恳请商人不要卖中国商品。大家不买了，店家也就不会卖。只要我们还依赖中国商品，国内制造业就永远发展不起来。中国从印度赚钱，然后资助巴基斯坦，而后者又支持恐怖主义。”
15 hours ago
what I will buy then.
Americans who supported pakistan in bangladesh war, japanese who bombered kolkata in 2nd world war and less to speak about those have treated us like slave for 200 yrs. very silly campaign looks vested interested