Pune Traders To Hold Two-Day Protest Against Closure Of Shops

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Mrunal Jadhav
Pune, 7th April 2021: The Maharashtra State government And Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have ordered the closure of all shops except essential services in the newly-imposed mini lockdown regulations. This decision has caused great dissatisfaction among the merchant classes.

Pune Vyapari Mahasangha will hold a two-day agitation to protect against the curbs. Fatehchand Ranka, President of the Federation of Trade Association of Pune (FTAP), has warned that regular shops will be opened from Monday if the PMC does not reverse its decision.

A meeting was held between the office bearers and members of the FTAP. The decision to protest was taken at the meeting at that time, Ranka informed.

On Thursday (April 8), traders will agitate on the road from Vijay Talkies to Quarter Gate with a black ribbon and a protest sign.
As part of the second phase of the agitation, shops will open at 8.30 am on Friday (April 9) and close at 6 pm.

Ranka has openly challenged the police officials to take whatever action they want. He said that all traders would come together and stand behind the traders concerned.

Ranka further said that during the agitation, the business community will follow all COVID-19 safety measures announced by the State government and the Pune Municipal Corporation.

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