DELHI: Protesting against the “arbitrary” sealing drive in Delhi, more than 7 lakh business establishments in over 3,000 markets will remain closed on March 28. Traders will also hold a mega rally at Ramlila Maidanasking the government to protect them from the clutches of sealing.
Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) general secretary Praveen Khandelwal said that not only traders but their employees will also participate in the rally. “Traders across the city will not send their children to schools/colleges on March 28 as a mark of protest. CAIT, All Delhi Traders and Vyapari and Workers Association will jointly organize the rally,” he said.

Khandelwal said, “More than 3,000 commercial markets, including Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Sadar Bazar, South Extension, Rajouri Garden, Vikas Marg, Greater Kailash, Chawri Bazar, Ashok Vihar, Rohini, Kirti Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Amar Colony, Kalkaji, Janakpuri, Laxmi Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Mandoli, Paharganj, Loni Road, Green Park, Kashmere Gate, etc, will remain closed. The logistics sector has also extended its support and all transport companies will remain closed.”

While arrangements have been made for children and women to sit at the rally, more than 300 volunteers will be deployed at different places to handle the security.

Slamming the monitoring committee, the CAIT general secretary said: “The committee has adopted an arbitrary mood in the matter of sealing. Traders have been denied the benefit of fundamental provisions of MCD Act, 1957. Civic officials are working like puppets and defying their own MCD Act. In the last three months, about 40% of business has gone down.”

Traders have also demanded the government to bring a moratorium on sealing. For that purpose, a bill in the current session of parliament or an ordinance should be brought immediately. “On the other hand, CM Kejriwal should bring a bill to stop sealing in the assembly and forward it to the Centre for approval,” added Khandelwal.

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