Traders? body calls for bandh on March 2
THE UTTAR Pradesh Vyapar Pratinidhi Mandal has given a call for state-wide bandh on March 2 in protest against the financial limit imposed on Form 31.
Giving call for the state-wide bandh, organization president Shyam Behari Mishra has accused the chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav of befooling masses and traders on the issue of Form 31.
Talking to newsmen here on Wednesday, Mishra said, “A government order has been passed stating that the new regulation related to Form 31 will continue.”
Earlier, the Chief Minister had, from various public platforms, announced that the financial limit imposed on Form 31 would not be implemented, Mishra said.
The dual policy adopted by the government would not be accepted any more, Mishra said.
Expressing concern over Foreign Direct Investment in the retail sector, Mishra said, “The retail trade plays an important role in generating self-employment for thousands of unemployed youths of the country.”
But after the permission of FDI in retail trade, small traders would be wiped out from this business leading to unemployment, Mishra said.
“This step has been taken by the Union Government under the World Bank and World Trade Organisation pressure,” alleged Mishra.
Commenting on the permission granted to multinational companies for purchasing wheat and pulses, Mishra said, “Multinational companies can purchase wheat and pulses from farmers without following the regulations of Mandi Parishad.”
But an Indian grain merchant had to follow all the rules and regulations of Mandi Parishad. This would lead to hoarding of wheat and pulses and result in price rise, Mishra said.
The issue of harassment of traders by the police was also raised by Mishra.
“Trolleys and vehicles loaded with goods are stopped by the police in the name of checking,” Mishra alleged.
Even the power corporation officials were harassing the traders in the name of carrying out raid and combing operation to check pilferage of power, Mishra further alleged.
Mishra also demanded payment of insurance amount of traders in case of accident within a month.
The previous state government had implemented an insurance of Rs 2 lakh for all registered traders.
But the present state government just for the sake of cheap publicity announced an insurance cover of Rs 4 lakh but never paid the premium amount,” alleged Mishra. ”Forget about Rs 4 lakh, the traders are not even getting Rs 2 lakh of the insurance amount,” Mishra added.
The leaders of several city markets were also present on the occasion.