Campaign against Chinese goods ended not with a bang but with a whimper!
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 20: Have the State Government and various NGOs in the State waved goodbye to their campaign against Chinese goods? The tempo with which the State Government and various NGOs campaigned against Chinese goods in the run-up to the Diwali this year has evaporated into the thin air. There is a glut of Chinese goods on the markets in the city in the run-up to the Christmas.
Circles concerned in the city are taken aback as to why those in the administration look the other way when Chinese goods have flooded the city market. It was the State Government, next to the Centre, that led the campaign against Chinese goods in Assam. Police raids against Chinese crackers and other Diwali items were regular on the eve of Diwali. The government was followed by a number of NGOs and social organizations that took much interest in boycotting Chinese goods before the last Diwali. The campaign against Chinese goods in Assam ended not with a bang but with a whimper!
Chi-made Christmas trees each costing Rs 10 to Rs 4,000, stars each costing Rs 10 to Rs 500, Santa Claus each costing Rs 50 onwards and other Chi-made Chirstmas items have flooded the city. A retailer, who wanted not to be med, said: “Some of the Chirstmas goods come from Kerala and Kolkatta. However, bulk of Chirstmas items come from Chi. No manufacturer in India can compete with Chi on the price line. People’s inclition to Chinese goods is tural. After all, everybody feels the pinch while marketing.”
The retailer further said: “We get all these Chinese goods from wholesalers at Fancy Bazar in the city.”
A question that pricks the conscience of every right-thinking people in the State is: if Chinese goods are available with wholesalers at Fancy Bazar and retailers elsewhere in the city how come the administration misses them? Is it the fact that the State Government has given up its tirade against Chinese goods? The right responses to such queries can come only from the corridors of power at Dispur.