Traders in city are overall happy with Centre

Neha Basudkar
Monday, 1 April 2019

Kamlesh Shah, President of Poona Wholesale General Association, said, “The major developments in the last few years should have been done 10 to 15 years back because mostly there was a positive impact for our association. The only expectation we have that the upcoming government should focus on overall development including water, road, health and several other issues.”

Pune: The Goods and Service Tax (GST) and demonetisation, which have been the issues with many for a couple of years now, will be playing a major role in the coming elections feels the traders’ community. Although there was a mixed reaction among them over these two issues, they expect that the next elected government should maintain the transparency and ease of doing business.

Dilip Kumbhojkar, Trustee of Stationery, Cutlery and General Merchants Association, said, “After introducing GST and demonetisation, everything became digital and was getting verified bringing in the transparency and ease of doing business. Every trader was connected to one network, which brought stability. The new traders, who stepped into the market, got a chance to come to the organised sector. Therefore, the overall major developments turned out to be good and the expectations are only that the transparency should be maintained for the ease of doing business.”

Kamlesh Shah, President of Poona Wholesale General Association, said, “The major developments in the last few years should have been done 10 to 15 years back because mostly there was a positive impact for our association. The only expectation we have that the upcoming government should focus on overall development including water, road, health and several other issues.”

Sachin Nivangune, President, Pune District Retail Traders’ Association, said, “The traders of Pune faced very few issues after the GST and demonetisation were announced. We had conducted around 36 meetings with the Finance Minister after GST and demonetisation were announced. The upcoming government should take decisions and make people aware of its technicality and practicality.”

Popatlal Oswal, President of Poona Merchants Chamber Association, said, “The feedback from the prevailing government was really bad for the traders of the association. Initially, they had to face several ups and downs while the goods were transferred. But later, everything was managed. We have sent a letter to the Prime Minister and Finance Minister to start with pension schemes for us as well, as we pay all the taxes to the government.”

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