Will back Maha govt if it clamps ”full lockdown”: Pune traders

Will back Maha govt if it clamps ”full lockdown”: Pune traders

Pune, Apr 12 (PTI) An umbrella organisation of traders
in Pune on Monday said it will extend support to the
Maharashtra government if it imposes a “full lockdown” in the
state to curb the rising cases of coronavirus.

The Federation of Traders Association (FTA), Pune,
took the decision after a detailed meeting of its
representatives with senior government officials from Pune
district as well as the civic administration, its president

The decision was taken after considering the
prevailing COVID-19 situation in the city and rural parts of
the district, one of the worst-hit in the country, federation
president Fatehchand Ranka said.

“After our meetings with the authorities and our own
members, we unanimously took a decision to extend our support
if the state government takes a decision to impose a full
lockdown,” said Ranka.

He said it has been learnt that the state government
is going to take a decision about the lockdown in the next two

“If the state government imposes a full lockdown, on
behalf of 40,000 traders in the city (represented by the
federation), I want to assure the state government that to
solve this crisis, we are with you.

“However, if the government imposes a half lockdown
we will have to take a different decision,” Ranka said.

He said imposition of a “mini lockdown” did not lead
to reduction in movement of people and crowding in the city.

Ranka appealed to other traders” bodies to keep their
establishments closed till the government takes a decision
about the lockdown.

The federation earlier took a stand that the state
government should roll back the fresh curbs, put in place
since last week to stem the COVID-19 spread.

Traders were miffed over closure of non-essential
shops as part of the curbs.

A police case was registered against Ranka and 55
other traders for forming a ”human chain” in Pune to protest
the lockdown-like restrictions, which they said, adversely
affected their businesses. PTI SPK

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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