JAMMU, Sept 21: Traders here lodged a strong protest against the opening of Reliance Retail Stores in Jammu.
Different Trade associations under the banner of Traders Federation Ware House Nehru Market Jammu gathered in front of the main gate of the warehouse and expressed their anguish over the opening of Reliance Retail Stores in Jammu.
Wearing black strips, the traders have 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, they added.
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Deepak Gupta, President Traders Federation Ware House Nehru Market Jammu while addressing media persons said that they have been continuously appealing to the Government to take some steps to save the small traders of Jammu but no plea is being heard. 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 and these stores will sell everything from groceries to medicines and electronics to liquor. “Who will go to the small shopkeepers running the shops in streets when these stores are opened?”, Gupta asked.
Gupta said that if the Government does not listen to them and does not stop Reliance Store from coming to Jammu, they will come on roads, hold dharnas and go on hunger strike. Talking of Jammu Bandh tomorrow, Deepak Gupta said that this is the first step of their agitation. If the Government does not listen to them, traders will go for indefinite strike, he asserted.
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, Senior Vice President Traders Federation Ware House Nehru Market, Abhimanyu Gupta, Vice President, Sham Lal Langer, General Secretary, Vishal Gupta, Secretary and many others were present.