Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader and former Union Human Resources Development Minister of India, in the NDA Government, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi in a Press Meet criticized the Congress led UPA Government at the Centre saying that they have cleared the path for the destruction of small business and entrepreneurs.

The decision of freely allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the retail market will have an adverse effect on small business and enterpreneurs. Moreover Government’s proposal to allow FDI in vegetable and fruit trade will take away jobs of small traders and lead to a rise in unemployment.

Mr. Joshi criticized the Government’s decision to allow multinational companies like Wall Mart to open their shops in towns with ten lakh populations, as it will force small businessmen to close their business.

Adding more Dr. Joshi said, the products from China had already affected the economic structure of the country. Now allowing multinational companies in the retail market will add more to the agony of the small business and entrepreneurs .

So instead of allowing the big companies in the retail market, the Government, should try to help small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing them necessary help to improve the quality of the products and help them compete in the International market.

The Standing Committee in its report had also strongly opposed the FDI in the retail market in the country. So this decision of the Government will be discussed in the Winter Session of the Parliament and BJP will launch a countrywide agitation against this ”wrong” decision of the Government, Dr. Joshi said.