Administration to crack down on retailers who've downed shutters
In a bid to rein in the indefinite bandh called by traders in the district against Local Body Tax (LBT), district supply officer Madhukar Bodke conducted a meeting yesterday.
Accordingly, starting today teams created by the DSO would conduct raids on shops, which remain closed during the bandh in Pimpri-Chinchwad and Market Yard areas. Meanwhile, a few grocery shops in the city were seen operating as usual. DSO Bodke said that the reason behind this is the flagging enthusiasm among traders to protest against LBT, as they were also losing business.
However, treasurer of Pune Traders Federation (PTF) Fatehchand Ranka said, “There is no question of taking back the agitation against LBT when over 3 lakh business organisations are already involved in the bandh.” He added that the general body meeting of the PTF would decide the future course of action on May 10. The agitation will continue till the Supreme Court brings a stay on LBT, he said.
President of Poona Merchants’ Association Ajit Setiya said that traders of Market Yard would close their shops from May 10 and that was the reason some of the shops are open now. “I concede that the traders are also suffering as they too need to buy commodities from others. However, the bandh would continue till the apex court comes up with a decision,” said Setiya.