Markets remain bandh as traders join stir

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Sep 2018 11:36:25


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NVCC pegs trade loss at Rs 150 crore

All prominent markets in the city wore a deserted look on Friday as traders participated in the ‘Bharat Trade Bandh’ call given by Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on national-level. In city, the ‘Bandh’ was supported and monitored by Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC). Commercial establishments of major markets including Old Bhandara Road, Kirana Oli, Resham Oli Wholesale Market, Dava Bazaar, Itwari, Gandhibagh, Mahal, Cotton Market, Sitabuldi, Telipura, Dharampeth, Dhantoli, Sadar, Khamla, Gol Bazar, Kalamna etc, participated in the bandh.

Petrol pumps in city were closed from 12 noon to 4 pm posing inconvenience to the people. Pranay Parate, Secretary of Vidarbha Petroleum Dealers Traders Association said, “We had requested all our members to support the Bandh call given by CAIT. The daily upward revision of petrol and diesel prices too is creating problem for us and general public.”

Hemant Gandhi, President of NVCC said that shops and establishments in the prominent markets shut their shutters. “We are against the Walmart-Flipkart deal and FDI in retail trade. Entry of world corporate giant in Indian market will definitely cast shadow on small traders. We have always brought to the notice of the Government that there should not be foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail trade. Traders are the backbone of the economy and providing employment to large number of people.”

Sanjay Agrawal, Secretary of NVCC claimed that there was a trade loss of Rs 150 crore in city. He said, “Multi-national companies are not Indians and they should not decide the future of Indian traders. We are stakeholders in the development of the country as we are paying taxes.” “Trading activity in the Sarafa Market came to a standstill as jewellers joined the agitation,” said Kishore Dharashivkar, Past President of Nagpur Sarafa Association. Consumer Products Distributors Association took out a huge rally from the premises of NVCC at 3 pm under the guidance of Punit Kusumgar, President, Anand Bhutada, Secretary.

On Friday, traders under the guidance of NVCC assembled at Shahid Chowk, itwari. After shouting slogans against the Government, they demanded to cancel Walmart-Flipkart deal. They worshipped Goddesses ‘Ma Vidarbha Chandika.’ Under the leadership of Hemant Gandhi, traders started their ‘padyatra’ from Old Bhandara Road covering places like Kirana Market, Wholesale Cloth Market, Reshim Oli, Dava Bazaar and reached NVCC. NVCC team members were taking stock of the situation in various markets.

Those who participated in making the Bandh successful include Prakash Wadhwani, Rajubhai Makhija, Ashwin Mehadia, Prakash Mehadia, Pratap Motwani, Farooque Akbani, Sachin Puniyani, Swapnil Ahirkar, Raman Paigwar, Manoja Laturia, Hargovind Murarka, Pradip Panjwani, Shiv Pratap Singh, Ramchandra Yerpude, Rajkumar Gupta, Pusrushottam Kawade, Rajesh Rokde, Vikram Ahuja, Ravikant Harde, Vishal Parekh, Jackie Fulwani, Ashok Biyani, Dipak Kothari.

Medicine shops remain closed

Nagpur District Chemist and Druggist Association supported trade bandh on September 28 following the directives of All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggist (AIOCD) and Maharashtra State Chemist and Druggist Association (MSCDA). The Association is opposing the proposed on-line pharmacy bill.

All the shops in the city were closed on Friday. As a mark of protest, the members of Association wore black badges and staged dharna from 9 am to 3 pm at Swamvidhan Chowk. A delegation submitted a memorandum to District Collector. Present were Mukund Dube, Harish Ganeshani, Rajendra Kawadkar and others.