Kerala Chamber condemns arrest of Amway MD

PTI Kochi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on May 29, 2014

The arrest of Amway MD William Pinckney highlights the need for the Government to amend the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act 1978 (PCMCS), the Chamber said.

The Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry has condemned the arrest of Bill Pinckney, Managing Director of Amway India, by Andhra Pradesh police in Kurnool.

This incident highlights the urgent need for the Union Government to amend the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act 1978 (PCMCS), the KCCI has said in a statement here.

Unless amended, the Act will not be able to distinguish genuine direct selling companies from pyramid schemes and the regular consumer complaints will continue to attract provisions of the PCMCS Act, it said.

The direct selling industry has been repeatedly seeking an amendment to the PCMCS Act and has been working with various industry bodies and the Government for it.

The KCCI has asked the authorities to take note of the challenges being faced by this industry and give clarity to create a conducive environment for the industry.

Despite these challenges, direct selling in India has witnessed significant growth and it is now a Rs 7,160-crore industry employing around 60 lakh Indians, (of which 36 lakh are women), it said.

It also offers entrepreneurship and a variety of personal development opportunities. If a suitable legal environment is created, the industry turnover could reach Rs 35,000 crore by 2020, the release claimed.

Published on May 29, 2014
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