Math­adis, traders protest pol­icy on whole­sale trade

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The Maharashtra Ra­jya Math­adi, Trans­port and Gen­eral Kam­gar Union along with Fruit and Veg­etable mer­chants as­so­ci­a­tion jointly held a protest meet in the onion-potato mar­ket of APMC on Tues­day and shut the whole­sale mar­ket for half a day.

The traders and math­adis were protest­ing against the state govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to ex­clude veg­eta­bles, fruits, onion and potato from the APMC Act.

MLA Shashikant Shinde and MLC Naren­dra Patil were present at the protest and sup­port the traders and of­fice bear­ers of var­i­ous as­so­ci­a­tions.

Patil said, “The state govern­ment is try­ing to con­trol the mar­ket rate through whole­sale mar­ket. How­ever, there is no state govern­ment con­trol on retail mar­ket. The gro­cery stores and other ven­dors sell the pro­duce at what­ever price they want to.”

Patil said the in­fla­tion is due to the retail mar­ket and not whole­sale mar­ket, which is reg­u­lated.

“If you do not have a whole­sale mar­ket, which the govern­ment is aim­ing at, there will not Traders and work­ers strike work for half a day to protest at the onion-potato mar­ket on Tues­day.

be any con­trol on any­thing. At least in the whole­sale mar­ket, govern­ment can pre­vent price rise and so veg­etable, fruit whole­sale mar­kets are re­quired,” said Patil.

He added: “We are not go­ing to tol­er­ate ad hoc de­ci­sions by the govern­ment and will fight for our rights and liveli­hood.”

Shinde said, “We had got a re­vised plan ap­proved dur­ing the ten­ure of the last govern­ment. Since it was in the last stage, we waited. We ex­pect the present govern­ment to take heed of our sen­ti­ments. They have called us for a meet­ing and so we ex­pect them to take into ac­count our ob­jec­tions.”

Shinde warned that if that does not hap­pen, they would de­cide their fu­ture course of ac­tion.

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