EXCLUSIVE: Online intra-state transactions: Khalsa advises to traders and industrialists not to stage protest


Ludhiana, August 10, 2012: United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) chairman and president Industrial Development Council, Manjit Singh Khalsa has advised to traders and industrialists not to stage protest against the state government’s move to introduce online intra-state transactions.

In an exclusive inter with City Air News here this evening, he believed that the issue could be resolved through a dialogue. He categorically told that he and several other industrial bodies were not in favour of staging protests.

Khalsa told that traders and industrialists should not forget that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had always listened to their grievances and problems. He told that many issues had already been resolved on personal intervention by the chief minister.

He opined that traders and industrialists should stop path of opposing the state government’s move. He told that he alongwith others would apprise the chief minister about resentment of trade and industry. He hoped that the chief minister would surely give some relief in this regard.

It may be mentioned here that several industrial and traders bodies are lodging their protest against ETC’s directive to trade and industry to follow online intra-state transactions system from August 10 onwards.

The traders and industrialists had jointly staged massive protests at several places in Punjab. A similar protest was also staged near Vishavkarma Chowk here yesterday, in which besides others BJP’s senior leader and Punjab’s former health minister Satpal Gosain was also present. He had even announced to offer himself for court arrest, if asked, in the near future.


Friday, August 10, 2012