MATHADIS TO STRIKE ON MON­DAY OVER CHANGES IN LAW

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APMC: Trans­ac­tion at the APMC mar­ket may suf­fer on Mon­day as Mathadis, or head­load­ers, work­ing in all APMC in the state have de­clared a one-day strike.

The Mathadis are protest­ing against the changes made in the Math­adi Act by the state in­dus­try min­is­ter through a gov­ern­ment res­o­lu­tion (GR).

The Mathadis, who form an in­te­gral part of the whole­sale mar­ket, have been fight­ing moves by the gov­ern­ment to make changes in the Math­adi Act which gov­erns them and pro­vides ben­e­fits.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence, MLC Naren­dra Patil, general sec­re­tary of Ma­ha­rash­tra Ra­jya Math­adi Trans­port and Kam­gar Union, said, “On Fe­bru­ary 10, state in­dus­try min­is­ter Subhash De­sai is­sued a GR which pro­vided ex­emp­tions from Math­adi and APMC Act for busi­nesses. This was an ar­bi­trary de­ci­sion.”

Ac­cord­ing to Patil, “Last year we had a dis­cus­sion in the assem­bly on Math­adi and APMC Act, wherein labour min­is­ter Prakash Me­hta had said any change will be made only af­ter a tri- party com­mit­tee in­volv­ing Mathadis, traders and gov­ern­ment min­is­ters and of­fi­cials have dis­cussed it.”

He said, “We want the chief min­is­ter to with­draw the GR on Mon­day. A com­mit­tee should im­me­di­ately be formed to look into the is­sues and the in­ter­est of the Mathadis should be safe­guarded.”

“If this does not hap­pen, we will in­ten­sify our ag­i­ta­tion and not rest till we achieve our goal. We want jus­tice for the mathadis,” said Patil.

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