Delhi: Given the negative experiences the company has had with its retail
ventures at the hands of the Uttar Pradesh and Orissa governments, Reliance Industries
is reportedly set to shelve its estimated Rs13,000 crore retail plans for the
two states. Into cold storage along with the plans, go at least 10,000 jobs that
would have been created.
with the UP state government asking it to shut down shop, the company has decided
to put its plans on hold, according to sources. 10,000 direct and indirect jobs
in Uttar Pradesh and Orissa go into the cooler as well. Most of these jobs would
have been in the company''s back-end and front-end operations.
company is reportedly following a similar chain of thought for its ventures in
Orissa, where it had planned to initially open 14 stores in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
The estimated investment of Rs3,000 crore in the state is also expected to go
into cold storage, along with the company''s Uttar Pradesh plans.
Retail reportedly had planned investments of around Rs8,000-Rs10,000 crore in
Uttar Pradesh for its retail operations, which would have encompassed around 200
''Reliance Fresh'' stores in a three year span, in addition to the back-end logistics
and supply chain needed to keep these stores stocked. A few days ago, it was learnt
that layoffs in Uttar Pradesh alone would total around 1,000.
company is now planning to focus on states that have a favourable view of its