Trade leader fears blackmail after govt’s anti-hoarding ordinance
Statesman Report
KARACHI: Pakistan Markazi Anjuman-i-Tijaran President Ajmal Baloch said on Saturday that traders across the country "will be blackmailed" after the government recently approved an ordinance against the hoarding of basic food items and goods.
Baloch said that the government ought to have described the definition of hoarding first before laws to curb it were passed.
“The government should explain how much stock of an item a shopkeeper can have,” he said, adding that the same should be determined for storage houses run by wholesalers.
Baloch said that if the government is serious about the matter of hoarding during the coronavirus crisis, then it should take the traders on board to make a new strategy.
He said that a mechanism should be put in place for determining official prices for products of basic need.
“The administration should not force (shopkeepers) to sell basic need items on three-month-old government rates,” he added.
The president of the association also urged the government to end the lockdown immediately, and added that it should constitute separate committees for determining pricing and control of goods.
CM Sindh directs
small-level traders
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Earlier a trade leader, Sharjeel Goplani, urged Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah to allow the reopening of shops or announce a relief package for small traders.
“The lockdown in Sindh has caused a loss of Rs100 billion,” another leader, Ateeq Mir, claimed, adding that the government should make amends from its own kitty for the losses.