Traders Federation urges Union Minister Dr Jitendra to safeguard interests of wine traders



JAMMU: The Traders Federation Ware House-Nehru Market on Tuesday urged Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh to take a sympathetic view of the issues pertaining to wine traders of Jammu as their livelihood is on stake after the unveiling of Excise Policy-2021-22.
Deepak Gupta briefed Dr. Jitendra Singh on phone about the way the new Excise Policy is going to hit the existing wine traders of Jammu, snatching from them the right of earning livelihood.
He urged the Union Minister to intervene and find an amicable solution to the problem whereby the affected traders get justice.
Deepak Gupta said that this grave issue is not of mere wine traders but their families, and the families of workers and others who are directly or indirectly engaged with the business.
“Over 30,000 people are going to get affected if things are not rectified in time”, Deepak Gupta said, apprehending that the affected people will have to face starvation”. He described MoS PMO as their last hope, hoping he will get the issue sorted out earnestly.
Dr. Jitendra Singh assured the President of the Ware House Traders Federation that he would talk to the concerned and ensure that the existing traders are not affected in any way by the New Excise Policy.
Dr Jitendra also assured that no person or family will face any difficulty as their interests will be taken care of.
The Minister said that he will project their issues at the concerned quarters of the government and hopefully a favourable solution will be found to the problem.
Earlier, Jagdish Jastoria, Chairman and Baldev Khullar, Ex-Chairman of Jammu Wine Traders Association visited the Federation office and shared their concerns.
Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jammu and Rajesh Gupta, Secretary, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jammu were also present.
Speaking on this occasion, Baldev Khullar said that before the abrogation of Article 370, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were a single entity and the whole state had one Excise Policy. Now two separate Union Territories have been formed, but the old system is still in force in Ladakh.
“Our licenses are valid till 2023”, he said, adding that they have been demanding that the government give them at least two years so that they can make any arrangement for their livelihood.
Khullar said that there are many traders who have taken loans from banks for the education of children and for the business. If the government closes their shops, they will be on roads, he added.
The Federation’s President Deepak Gupta assured that the federation will fully support them in this matter and will fight till their demands are met.
Munish Mahajan, Senior Vice President TFWHNM, Abhimanyu Gupta, Junior Vice President TFWHNM, Sham Lal Langer, General Secretary, Vishal Gupta, Secretary TFWHNM, Amit Gupta and Cashier TFWHNM were also present during the meeting.