CAIT seeks amnesty scheme to protect traders

New Delhi: Industry body CAIT has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an amnesty scheme to protect more than 10 lakh traders from the “onslaught of sealing” in the national capital. In a letter to Modi, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said traders welcome the move of regularising unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

CAIT said it has urged the prime minister to announce “an amnesty scheme with a cut-off date to protect more than 10 lakh traders from the onslaught of sealing which traders are facing since last 13 years”.

The regularisation of 1,731 unauthorised colonies in Delhi will not only benefit more than 40 lakhs people but will also protect more than 3 lakh very small shops of people of poor strata working in these colonies for earning their daily livelihood, CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said in the letter. The traders, he said, have been compelled to request the prime minister to announce an amnesty scheme on the pattern of regularising the unauthorised colonies.

Under such amnesty scheme, business establishments in Delhi as on 31 December 2019 should be given status quo and all shops sealed should be de-sealed, his letter said. For structured development of the shops falling under amnesty scheme, separate development norms could be formed and regularisation of all such shops may be done against reasonable charges under the supervision of a special task force, he suggested.