The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in a communication sent today to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has urged him to announce an Amnesty Scheme with a cut off date to protect more than 10 lakh traders from the onslaught of sealing which traders are facing since last 13 years.
In its letter to Prime Minister Modi, CAIT Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal while welcoming the regularisation of 1731 unauthorised colonies in Delhi said that it will not only benefit more than 40 lakhs people but will also protect more than 3 lakh very small shops of people of poor strata working in these colonies for earning their daily livelihood.
Mr. Khandelwal said that the traders have been compelled to request Prime Minister to announce an Amnesty Scheme on the pattern of regularising the unauthorised colonies.Under such Amnesty Scheme business establishments in Delhi as on 31st December,2019 should be given status quo and all shops sealed should be de-sealed. For structured development of the shops falling under Amnesty Scheme, separate development norms could be formed and regularisation of all such shops may be done against reasonable charges under the supervision of a Special Task Force.
Mr. Khandelwal lamented that the Monitoring Committee constituted by the Supreme Court has framed its own rules instead of following the mandatory provisions of MCD Act,1957. It is estimated that more than 7000 shops are sealed in Delhi from year 2007 and every effort to de-seal the shops is vehemently turned down by the Monitoring Committee without any logic.Even the efforts of Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister for Urban Development for amending the Master Plan 2021 are not being obeyed by the Monitoring Committee. Such amendments which have already taken legal shape, could provide relief from sealing to lakhs of traders.
Mr. Khandelwal also lashed out Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal which has not taken even a single step to protect traders of Delhi from the wrath of sealing. It is worthwhile to mention that sealing process which began in year 2006 has greatly damaged centuries old trade distribution character of Delhi. The trade and commerce activities have gone down considerably.Inspite of several requests, the present Delhi Government has not taken any step in last five years to provide any relief to traders. Although Hon’ble Lt. Governor has lent all help and assistance under his command to protect traders. The traders are suffering a lot since last 13 years due to process of sealing and most illogical attitude of the Monitoring Committee.