Pune: Members of The Poona Merchant Chambers (TPMC) had called for a state-level meet of traders on Thursday and has decided to go for a statewide protest if the government does not pay heed to their demands. The meeting was attended by more than 40 traders across the State at TPMC in Market Yard.
Speaking about the meet, Popatlal Ostwal, President of TPMC said that till date, TPMC was sending their list of demands to the government and now, the PMC has decided to take a state-level view of the problems faced by traders and then raise their demands with the government. “We will wait for a month and if the government is not ready to listen to our demands we will be forced to call for a state-level bandh,” added Ostwal.
Following the meet, TPMC has consolidated the list of demands which includes modifications in the e-way bill, abolition of the proposed 22 per cent hike in the electricity charges, abolition of cess charges and other taxes, cancellation of 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in single-brand retail through the automatic route, to provide an alternative to plastic. “We are chasing the issues from past 8 months but the government is yet to respond to us,” added Ostwal.
Vice President of TPMC Jawaharlal Bothra said that the traders have to pay GST if they are branding their product and using the trademark and on the other hand, customers want a product with trademark and so customers will have to bear the cost of GST on trademark products. “We have also asked for abolition of GST on trademark products and on essential commodities,” added Bothra.