Pune: Traders Defer Plan To Open Shops Today, Waiting Lockdown Decision By Chief Minister

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Pune, 12th April 2021: The Federation of Traders Association of Pune (FTAP) has canceled the decision to reopen the shops today. The decision was suspended for a day after 9 out of 47 associations expressed their opposition to reopening the shops.

The federation had earlier expressed opposition to the partial lockdown declared by the Maharashtra state government and declared that they will open the shops from Monday. The meeting was held by divisional commissioner Saurabh Rao with members of the federation. In this meeting District collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh, Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta, joint police commissioner Ravindra Shisve, Pune municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar, president of Federation Fatehchand Ranka, secretary Mahendra Pitaliya, Prakash Oswal, Nitin Porwal, Manoj Sarda, and other members of the federation were present.

Speaking about this Ranka said, “The officers told us about the current situation of Coronavirus in the city and requested us not to open the shops for a given period. They also asked us to wait for the decision taken by Chief Minister Udhav Thackrey and then decide about opening the shops. In this meeting, the federation expressed concern over Coronavirus spread and also said that if the government decides to complete lockdown we will support it, but if they put restrictions on shops and allow the e-commerce industry it will be unfair and the federation will not support this partial lockdown.”

After this meeting, the federation held several rounds of discussion with its member associations. In this 9 out of 47 associations opposed to reopening of shops and no clear decision was made yesterday. Therefore president Ranka has suspended the decision of reopening of Shop, for one day. The decision will be taken later, said Ranka