Hyderabad : At least a million Indians would be offered jobs by 2025 by Amazon. This categorical assertion came from Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos in an official statement issued by the company.

He also said that the company will invest $ one billion (Rs. 7,802 crore) to digitize micro and small enterprises in the country. Indian exports through Amazon will increase to $ 10 billion by 2025, because of digitization of small enterprises, which will help increase its consumer base.

Bezos said that Amazon is also planning, to introduce 10,000 electric rickshaws to its delivery fleet in India, thereby effectively putting an end to the environ-harmful single use-plastic packaging by June this year.

“My love for India increases each time I visit the nation. The boundless innovation and grit of Indian people always inspire me.” Bezos said in his statement.

However, its investment has drawn flak from the Union Government. Trade Minister Piyush Goyal said that the investment will not help India, as such, and spoke in support of small traders. Bezos had also said that he would like to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but the meeting has not yet been scheduled.

Bezos visited India on January 15, hours after the Competition Commission of India launched a formal investigation into Amazon and Flipkart for irregular trade practices. His arrival also led to protests by petty shop owners.

Bezos visited New Delhi and Mumbai and met some Bollywood stars, including Shah Rukh Khan.

This US- based ecommerce giant Amazon has invested $5.5 billion in India till now and sees India as their potential growth market.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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