10 Feb 2024

Vegetable markets of Haryana did not open today; why are commission agents protesting?

Chandigarh: Protest of vegetable market brokers against the government continues in Haryana. Their demand is that the market fees imposed by the government should be withdrawn. The brokers had also given an ultimatum to the government that if their demands were not met by February 8, they would go on strike in all the vegetable markets across the state on February 10. The commission agents have once again gone on strike in protest against the imposition of market fees in the state.

The commission agents in the vegetable markets across the state went on strike on Saturday morning. Due to which the trucks carrying vegetable coming from Delhi and other states did not reach. Since it is the first day of the strike, there is no shortage of vegetables in the markets. In Haryana, talks between the state vegetable market association and the government regarding advance tax failed. After which an indefinite strike has been announced in most of the vegetable markets across the state. State President of All India Vegetable Market Association, Rajendra Thakral said that the delegation will meet the representatives of the state government once again.

No attention was paid to demands of commission agents

On December 21 also, the commission agents had decided to go on strike demanding return of market fees and HRDF. The commission agents say that they have already presented their two demands to the government and the government had assured to accept their demands, but till now no attention is being paid to their demands.

It is noteworthy that while the government had agreed to reduce the market fees, the commission agents demanded that the market fees be completely waived off. The association has been working for this for the last two years. Brokers say that during the Corona period, market fees were imposed on the mandis by the government. At the same time, the government had told them that it would be withdrawn after the situation improves, but till now this fee has not been withdrawn.

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