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Dipen Agrawal, President, CAMIT, said that the association has given 72 hours to Maharashtra Government to allow all shops, markets to operate on weekdays.
Dipen Agrawal, President, CAMIT
Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) convened an urgent meeting of all Maharashtra Executive Committee to decide on future course of action with regard to total lockdown imposed by Maharashtra government on shops, markets, malls and private offices from April 5.
Traders and office bearers of various trader associations from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nagpur, Solapur, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Sangli, Chandrapur, Akola, Ulhas Nagar, Nashik, Satara, Latur, Washim, Buldhana, Yavatmal districts, etc., attended the meeting in large numbers.
Dipen Agrawal, President, CAMIT, said that traders and representatives had a discussion on the pros and cons of the ‘Break the Chain’ order on the financial and mental health of traders and their employees. Without any exception, participants condemned the ‘taken for granted’ attitude adopted by the state administration towards traders and suggested undertaking non-cooperation and civil disobedience movements against the state government and local authorities.
Agrawal said that present directions to close shops, markets, malls and private offices except for shops of essential goods and services is a death bed for the traders, is the sum and substance of the anguish expressed by one and all in the meeting.
Agrawal further said that after deliberations at length it was unanimously decided that core committee should convey to the government about the resentment brewing among the traders against the government’s illogical lockdown of traders' shops. An ultimatum of 72 hours should be given to reopening all shops, markets, malls and private offices on all weekdays and it should be made explicitly clear that if the government fails to take any positive action by April 8 evening after which traders will resort to aggravated agitation and government shall be responsible for the consequences.
Agrawal and Mohan Gurnani, Chairman, CAMIT, on behalf of the trading community of the state, requested Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and state administration to take cognizance of the ground reality and relax the lockdown at the earliest.