NEW DELHI: With the aim to submit memorandum to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi through district magistrates in 470 places, the RSS-affiliate Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) is launching a nationwide campaign to mobilise support against dumping of goods from China and South-east Asian countries. The SJM is seeking to build pressure on the government against import of heavy engineering goods, electronic items, and other consumer goods against the interests of the domestic firms.
The SJM has shared the format of memorandum to the district units which reads as: “As you are aware, our country has been suffering due to heavy imports of various commodities, including machinery, electronic and electric equipments, other consumer goods, tyres, project goods, services from China, causing huge trade deficit.”
The SJM has claimed that the dumping of goods from China has led to closure of millions of small businesses causing huge unemployment. “The trade deficit with China reached $52.7 billion in 2015-16, which is 41 per cent of total trade deficit ($130 billion). Despite enjoying enormous advantage from huge Bhartiya market, China has been consistently keeping the sense of enmity with India. Actions of China against Bharat include building military bases in Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POK), infringement of the Indian borders, using its veto against declaring notorious terrorist Masood Azhar as an international terrorist and blocking India's entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), staking claim over many areas of India, including Arunachal Pradesh,” the SJM has stated, while explaining the background to the campaign.
The RSS affiliate has also claimed that “the people’s boycott last year of Chinese goods resulted in 30 to 50 per cent less sale of Chinese goods on the occasion of Deepawali”. The SJM has declared 2017 as the “Year of the boycott of Chinese goods and companies”.