CM takes serious cognisance of betel nut traders’ problems

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Feb 2019 11:16:20


Business Bureau,

A delegation of The Nagpur Itwari Kirana Merchants Association under the leadership of Krishna Khopde and Vikas Kumbhare, MLAs, met Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Shivpratap Singh, Secretary of the Association alleged that some anti-social elements are harassing betel nut traders.  These anti-social elements who are pretending to be the agents of police and Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) are intercepting the trucks of betel nut traders during the night and harassing them.

He alleged that they are also demanding money from the truck drivers. A delegation of betel nut traders alongwith MLA Krishna Khopde recently met top officials of police and Commissioner of FDA Department and acquainted them about the problems being faced by the traders. A memorandum was also submitted to them.

Commissioner of Police had said that police had no right to stop the trucks laden with goods. Without the written letter of Joint Commissioner of FDA, no one can conduct investigation against traders. They should not be harassed on the directives of those persons who are not concerned either with police of or the Food and Drugs Administration.
Singh said, “Nagpur is an important and leading betel nut trading centre. It has gained importance due to its geographical location. Logistically, the distribution of betel nuts becomes easy from Nagpur as it has connectivity to all the places of the country with roads and railways,” he said.
However, Singh alleged that some people in the society with the help of anti-social elements are taking undue advantage of the situation.

He said that the Chief Minister of Maharashtra is from Nagpur and therefore it has become necessary to inform him about the activities of anti-social elements who are harrasing betel nut traders frequently. Singh told the Chief Minister that the Government is getting huge amount of revenue in the form of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from the betel nuts traders.  “If the harassment of betel nuts is not stopped, the traders will shift to adjoining states. The local trade will be totally vanished and there will be huge revenue loss to the State,” Singh pointed out.

Taking serious cognisance of the situation, Chief Minister directed the concerned departments that such incidents should not be repeated and strict action should be taken against the anti-social elements who are indulged in harrasing betel nut traders.  Prominently present on the occasion were Dr Bhushankumar Upadhyay, Commissioner of Police, Shashikant Kekare, Joint Commissioner of FDA,
Bharatlal Jain, Asif Kaliwala, Pradipkumar Panjwani, Harish Krushnani, Arvind Kotecha, Mohd Salim, Siddiquebhai and Vinod Hemnani.