Pune: Members of The Poona Merchants Chamber (TPMC) have expressed displeasure over various government policies impacting their business.
At a press conference on Friday, President of TPMC Popatlal Ostwal said the Market Yard was started in 1975 after a lot of struggle.
“We were inviting people and traders to start business and now the government is coming up with various policies which are impacting our business,” added Ostwal.
TPMC members stated that following the new FDI norms, big companies will take over wholesale business, which will impact job markets in India. They demanded that the government should study all the policies in detail before implementing them.
“While implementing the GST, the government kept on changing the rules which is a cause of concern. We have been asked to pay 5 per cent GST on branded rice and no GST on non-branded rice, which increases the price of the branded rise and customers have to bear the cost. We feel foodgrains should be removed from GST norms,” said Pravin Chorbele.
Speaking on the plastic ban, Ostwal said, “Although plastic is harmful for the environment, government should provide an option to people before banning it. Traders are facing problems if they use paper instead of plastic and so the government should find an environment-friendly alternative.”