Appraisal of post independent situation of India, in particular with regard to plight of traders, revealed that their problems in a broad way were attributed to the following factors:
- Trading activity was governed by manifold Acts, Bye-Laws and Regulations enacted by the Central Govt., State Govt. & Local Bodies
- Some of the Acts which were formulated by the British Govt. and which have been rendered outdated in the face of prevailing ground realities, continue to be enforced
- Intricacies of laws appreciation of which is beyond capacity of a Trader of average knowledge, particularly self employed Trader because of constraints, means and limitations
- Difficulty in seeking redressel of genuine grievances because of lack of strong lobby of Traders
- Lethargic attitude of the govt. in recognizing vital role being played by Trading community in the field of economy of our Country. Besides notable contribution at the time of any natural crises and various philanthropic activities related to welfare of people
Mr. Mahender Shah
Mr. B. C. Bhartia
National Secretary General
Mr. Praveen Khandelwal
Creation of CAIT
Dominated by aforesaid observations, few dedicated Traders in 1990 mooted an idea to constitute a Forum to handle problems of Traders and render effective service to them. Consequently during long span of all these CAIT has attained status of an Apex Body of Trading Community of India at National Level. Impressed by modalities of function of CAIT, the Traders across the Country extended excellent support to the extent that the CAIT in Delhi spread its wings all over the Country & operating its activities from its National Headquarter, “Vyapar Bhawan” at New Delhi Which is well equipped with needy infrastructure.
The mission for the Confederation of all India Traders is as follows:
- To render best possible assistance to Trading Community.
- To communicate with Administrators concerned to seek redress of legitimate grievances of Traders.
- To impart education to Traders to upgrade their performance to render most satisfactory service to consumers by adhering to fair trading policy.
- To lend full cooperation to the Govt. in streamlining existing system.
- To organize Seminars, Conference and lectures etc. for imparting latest knowledge to traders about core issues concerning trading community.
- To lay down code of conduct for Traders to pursue business activity based on integrity, fair play and render satisfactory service to consumers.
- To render effective service to Traders, Units of CAIT have been setup in almost all the states and regular coordination is being maintained with them.
To bring glory of Indian Traders in main stream of economy and nation and to create a business friendly environment in the Country beside upgrading and modernising existing format of retail trade and development of skills of the traders in India.
It is matter of an immense satisfaction that the CAIT has played very important role, particularly in respect of the following issues:
- Replacement of Sales Tax by introduction of Value Added Tax system
- Process of Goods & Services Tax (GST) in India
- Direct Tax Code in the Country
- Formulation of rules for Carriage by Road Act
- FDI in Retail Trade
- Development of Internal Trade in systematic manner
- Formulation of Master Plan in Delhi
- Sealing Drive of Business Establishments launched by Local Authorities
- Memorandums to Union & State Govts. to simplify Act, Rules and Procedures on various subjects from time to time
- Website: www.cait.in
- Retail School: A project to motivate traders to upgrade & modernize their business by adopting latest communication & other skills.
- Free Advisory Clinic providing advice on various subjects by renowned experts of different fields.
- Inducement of nominee of CAIT in the BOARD OF TRADE constituted by Govt. of India
- Member, Joint Committee of Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on VAT & GST
- Member, Committee to form State Youth Policy, Maharashtra Govt
- Several CAIT leaders are representing trade in various Boards & Committees of Union & State Governments & Planning Commission