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All India Traders Organisation, Chemists and Druggists Associations observe 'total' bandh in Marathwada

Chemists and Druggists

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), along with the Chemists and Druggists Association, observed a 'total' bandh across the eight districts of Marathwada region, protesting against the Walmart and Flipkart contract in retail. Office bearers of Aurangabad Zilla Vyapari Mahasangh, led by president Jagnnath Kale, began the day-long bandh after garlanding the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Shaganj.

In Aurangabad, medical stores and business establishments remained closed on Friday, causing inconvenience to people, who had a harrowing time in purchasing stuff for their daily needs, particularly medicines. The Agriculture Products Market Committee (APMC) in Old Monda, Connaught Place at Cidco, Nirala Bazar, Gulamandi, Shaganj and other business areas wore a deserted look, due to the bandh.

Reports from different talukas across the district stated that the bandh was observed cent percent by the traders and pharmacists, who downed their shutters in support of their demands. 

The agitators demanded, among others, disallowing foreign direct investments (FDI) in online trading and retail trades; making powerful and transparent laws for online trading; introduction of two slabs in GST, with fine not more than Rs 10,000; withdrawal of jail punishment in GST-related cases; LIC insurance cover and pension scheme for traders paying GST, raising the income tax limit slab up to Rs five lakh and providing loans to traders at less interest.