CM assures FKCCI: APMC Bandh Called off

CM assures FKCCI: APMC Bandh Called off

Submitted by Newseditor on Sun, 2015-11-08 18:30 Bangalore: A Delegation led by M C Dinesh, Senior Vice-President, FKCCI accompanied by R Shivakumar, Past President, Ramesh Chandra Lahoti, Chairman and Bharath Kumar R Shah, Co-Chairman, Internal Trade and APMC Committee, called on the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday, to appraise him of the unbearable predicament of the millers and traders of Agricultural Commodities in Karnataka.After operating in a free trade environment for more than a decade in Karnataka and efficiently maintaining the supply chain, suddenly, they have now faced raids and seizures of stocks which has created a fear psychosis amongst the entire trading community. While the Government agencies insist that the traders should have the license, they have not issued the licenses to those who have applied nor are the agencies even equipped to issue licenses without delay. This has created an impossible situation for the traders to continue their business and are forced not to operate their businesses. They have started cessation of their operations since Friday, 6 November 2015.While this has elicited an overwhelming response, the traders are also concerned about its impact on the consumers and the possible shortage of stocks and increase in prices. The delegation appraised the Chief Minister of the above position and requested the support of his good offices to resolve this difficult problem mainly keeping in view the interests of the consumers. They informed the Chief Minister that the APMC wholesalers, keeping in view the Deepavali festival, had even planned to arrange a special sale of ToorDal at discounted prices to consumers to ensure that they are not inconvenienced. They requested the Chief Minister to once again create an environment where the traders should be able to operate legally without any arbitrary action by the official agencies. Licenses should be issued immediately or till such time these are issued, the application for license be deemed as authorisation to maintain stocks and operate. However, Chief Minister assured them that he would seriously consider the matter and advised the delegation that the APMC members should resume their business operations immediately. He said he would also discuss the matter accordingly with the Minister of Food and Civil Supplies. In view of the assurances given by the CM, FKCCI has decided that all APMC members would resume their operations with effect from Monday.