About 500 small to midsized restaurant companies alleged "misuse of dominant position by food delivery companies including Swiggy, Zomato, Uber Eats and FoodPanda," signing an online petition addressed to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to this effect.
The accusations include the use of deep discounting, in-house kitchens and internal sourcing. "The companies have been continuously found to misuse their dominant position with the aim to wipe out small and medium enterprises," said the petition, which ET has seen.
Zomato and Swiggy denied the accusations. Uber Eats and FoodPanda didn't respond to queries.
"Unlike retail, FDI (foreign direct investment) restrictions are not applied on the restaurant sector or food service aggregators," said Rahul Singh, president of the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), which represents over 5,000 brands.
Source: Economic Times