Naresh wants quota for traders

Published on Jan 23, 2006 12:34 AM IST

TRANSPORT MINISTER Naresh Agrawal on Sunday advocated a reservation policy for traders. He said that when everybody was the getting benefit of reservation, why should traders not get the same. With reservation, the minister aimed to improve the social status of the traders . Addressing a divisional convention of traders at National Inter College here, the minister also advocated active participation of traders in politics.

HT Image
HT Image
None | By, Varanasi

TRANSPORT MINISTER Naresh Agrawal on Sunday advocated a reservation policy for traders. He said that when everybody was the getting benefit of reservation, why should traders not get the same.

With reservation, the minister  aimed to improve the social status of the traders . 

Addressing a divisional convention of traders at National Inter College here, the minister also advocated active participation of traders in politics. He called upon traders to contest elections and ensure protection of their interests.

About Value Added Tax  (VAT), he said only two states, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, had not given their consent for implementation of VAT in their States.
“The implementation of VAT in UP depends on the opinion of the traders of the State,” he said.

Agrawal said the State Government would give all possible help to the family of trader Ramlakahn Jaiswal who died in custody of trade tax officials in Varanasi recently. The minister promised city buses would run in Varanasi within three months.        

He lashed out at the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre and blamed it for rise in prices of essential commodities.

He said if the World Trade Organisation was allowed to dictate terms to India, the day was not far when traders would be compelled to close down their business establishments.

The divisional convention was organised under the auspices of the Uttar Pradesh Udyog Vyapar Sangathan. “The anti-trader policies of the UPA Government were adding to miseries of traders,” he said.

About a recent controversy between the State and the Union Government, the minister said the Samajwadi Party had supported the UPA for formation of the government at the Centre, but his party was being victimised by the Union Government.

Without naming the Bharatiya Janata Party, he said a national party had staged dharna in Varanasi recently and had held the SP responsible for increasing criminal activities across the state.  “This party itself was responsible for criminal activities,” he alleged and said that this party patronised criminals in Varanasi.

He said SP chief and Chief Minister Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav gave a befitting reply to the national party when he came here in Varanasi. State President of Uttar Pradesh Udyog Vyapar Sangathan Hulas Rai Sinhjal presided over the convention and highlighted achievements of the Samajwadi Party-led State Government.       

Get Latest India Newsalong with Latest Newsand Top Headlinesfrom India and around the world.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, January 27, 2023
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals