Delhi Traders give 7-day time to govt to resolve sealing issue
New Delhi, Mar 29 (KNN) Alleging that the government has turned a blind-eye towards the problems of the traders against sealing drive, the protesting traders from across Delhi have given a seven-day time to the government to resolve the issue.
Talking to KNN, Praveen Khandelwaal, General Secretary, of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), said “we have given 7 days time to the state government to resolve the issue.”
He said, if the situation does not improve within 7 days, we will convene the meeting with Delhi traders after a week and decide future course of action.
He further added that state government has turned a blind eye on this serious matter.
Khandelwal said the traders’ apex body CAIT has not received any reply of the letter with a 13-point charter of demands that had been sent to the prime minister to resolve the sealing issues.
The bandh called by traders on Wednesday to protest the ongoing sealing drive was fourth market bandh in three months’ time.
The traders have threatened to stop paying GST if the closing down of business establishments by the Supreme Court-empowered monitoring committee does not cease.
CAIT had put up five demands in front of the central and state governments, which were unanimously adopted as resolutions by the assembly. These included due legal process before sealing a shop, ordinance by the central government on a moratorium on sealing, Delhi government passing a bill on relief to traders and forwarding it to the centre, an amnesty from unpaid dues, and the notification of 351 roads for mixed and commercial use.
“We want December 31, 2017 to be treated as the cut-off date for regularising business establishment on ‘as is, where is’ basis,” Khandelwal said yesterday during the protest.
Saying that trade in Delhi had declined around 40% due to sealing, Khandelwal added, “The multiplicity of authorities has hampered coordination and resulted in all three master plans for Delhi since 1962 failing miserably. The government has failed to develop sufficient commercial space in proportion to population growth.” (KNN/YV)