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Traders welcome bill against demolition but say it has defects

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 12 (UNI) Traders in the city today welcomed the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Bill passed by the Lok Sabha, which sought to impose moratorium on the sealing drive in the city for one year.

Confederation of All India Traders, spearheading the four-month-old traders' movement in the city against sealing of shops and demolitions, termed the passing of the bill as a victory of traders agitation.

It vindicated the stand of the trading community on sealing and demolition issue, it added.

However, CAIT said the bill did not address certain basic and fundamental problems concerning traders, which if not corrected would result in chaos in the commercial markets of Delhi and the ultimate object of giving relief to Delhi traders would not be fulfilled.

Commenting on the bill, CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said it had no provision to regularise unathorised structures. It was also silent on position of Lal Dora and rural and urbanised villages.

Traders who had submitted affidavits should be treated at par with people with regularised/legal establishments, he added.

He demanded that the government should take immediate suitable remedial measures for de-sealing of business establishments and nullifying affidavits and also that a 'special task force' comprising officials and traders should be formed to draw modalities of incorporating issues concerning trade.

CAIT also complimented BJP, Congress and other political parties, union and Delhi governments for their support to traders agitation.


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