In a bid to placate the traders, adversely affected by the sealing drive, the Delhi government on Friday decided to constitute a Traders' Advisory Board (TAB). This would comprise of representatives of various trade bodies to provide a mechanism for regular interaction with traders.
Announcing the decision after meeting over 200 representatives of traders' organisation, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said this would go a long way in dispelling the misconception of the traders.
Cabinet ministers and MLAs were present in the meeting, convened to take stock of the situation in the wake of the sealing drive. Fearing a dwindling political support from the traders and their allegation that the government was not doing enough, Dikshit listed the steps, which the government took to help them out.
She mentioned the meeting with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said they were taking all effective steps under the legal framework.
Dikshit reiterated her demand of immediate notification of Master Plan 2021, implementation of the recommendations of three committees headed by Tejinder Khanna, Omesh Saigal and Ashok Pradhan and total reorientation of the functioning of DDA and to bring it under the control of elected government of Delhi.
The CM also requested traders to render constructive cooperation and file undertakings to derive benefit and relief as per the orders of the Supreme Court.
The Traders submitted their suggestions to the government, which would be forwarded to the Monitoring Committee, MCD and the Union Urban Development Ministry.
The suggestions included setting up of a forum under the Delhi government for redressal in the cases of alleged malafide sealing, regularisation of commercial activities in position till December, 2005 and inclusion of more trades in the list of approved commercial activities in residential areas.
To get the views of the RWAs on the issue and incorporate it in its policy, a meeting has been convened on Monday.