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JAMMU: Calling for a decisive fight against opening of Reliance Retail Stores in Jammu, Traders warned the Jammu Kashmir UT Government that if the Reliance Retail stores are allowed to open in Jammu, the traders will protest on a large scale.Traders Federation Ware House Nehru Market has expressed strong displeasure over the proposal of big companies like Reliance to open stores in Jammu in the retail sector, saying that if this happens then small shopkeepers of Jammu will be ruined and their shops will be closed. Traders will not allow this to happen.Giving a seven days ultimatum to the government, the Federation has said that if the Government does not review its decision, the traders will come on the roads, will hold rallies, protest and even sit on hunger strike.Deepak Gupta, President Traders Federation Ware House Nehru Market Jammu, while addressing media on Thursday, said that when the Modi Government abolished Article 370, we all celebrated and welcomed it, but in these two years we saw that the small shopkeepers of Jammu are dying out and the big traders of big cities of the country come here to do business.“We saw what happened to the wine traders in Jammu. Now the bar has also been closed. The business of brick kilns came to an end. We have been continuously appealing to the government for the last two years to take some steps to save the small traders of Jammu but no plea is being heard,” he said.Now the government has given permission to open the network of Reliance Fresh stores in Jammu, he said adding that Reliance is opening more than 100 stores in Jammu province.These stores will sell everything from groceries to medicines and electronics to liquor. Then who will go to the small shopkeepers running the shops in our streets when these stores are opened?, Gupta asked.“I want to ask the government that whenever there is a tender, the turnover of the trader is seen. Small traders cannot apply for big tender, then how can big traders do the work of small things like grocery and medicines,” Gupta asked.Reliance is doing big business like petrol-diesel, gas, textile, mobile. These are big companies who have done great things for the country.So the government should stop such big companies from coming into the field of retail, he said.When small people will do small business and big people like Ambani and Adani will do big business, only then will everyone progress.Gupta said that If the government does not listen to them and does not stop Reliance Store from coming to Jammu, we will come on roads.He also appealed to the people of Jammu not to give land to Reliance to open a store to save the small businessmen of their city.We also appeal to all the traders of Jammu to unite and oppose this because with the opening of Reliance Stores, all kinds of small business will come to an end.On this occasion Prithvi Pal Gupta, Ex-General Secretary Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jammu, Kirti Gupta, president Dal Merchant Association, Rajesh Bhagotra, President Sugar Association, Munish Mahajan, Sr. Vc. President Traders Federation Ware House Nehru Market, Abhimanyu Gupta, Vice President, Sham Lal Langer, General Secretary, Vishal Gupta, Secretary and Amit Gupta, Cashier of the Federation was also present.
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