Traders across Delhi to observe Bandh on March 21

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New Delhi, Mar 12 (UNI) Traders across Delhi will observe a bandh on March 21 to protest against the move to seal shops in residential areas.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), an umbrella organisation of over 400 traders' bodies in Delhi, announced the shutdown after a meeting of trade leaders this afternoon.

CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said the move will affect about five lakh traders and more than 25 lakh employees and other section of the people.

''The Union Government should immediately intervene considering the magnitude of the issue,'' he added.

The Government has not taken concrete steps to resolve the issue despite it affecting livelihood of hundreds of traders, their employees and thousands of small manufacturers and their families, he alleged.

Mr Khandelwal said the socio-economic fabric of Delhi will be damaged and utter chaos will prevail if the issue is not resolved.

The Confederation also announced that it will undertake other agitational programmes to press for their demands.

On March 14, the traders will mark 'black Holi' at Arya Samaj Road Chowk in Karol Bagh.

The traders will sit at 'patri' or pavement bazar on March 16 at Jantar Mantar whereas several slow vehicle rallies will be carried out in various parts of city the next day, Mr Khandelwal said.

''The traders and their families will demonstrate in Connaught Place on March 18,'' he added.

The Traders will gherao' Delhi MP's on March 19 and the next day will take out rally from Red Fort to Ajmeri Gate.

''If by this time, the issue is not resolved, we will be left with no other alternative but to go for indefinite Trade Bandh and hunger strikes,'' he added.

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