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Ludhiana: city traders oppose e-commerce websites Ludhiana: City businessmen have come out in opposition of e-commerce websites, saying that they were a threat to the conventional brick-and-mortar retailers.

This sentiment was echoed during a meeting of the Ludhiana unit of Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) here on Sunday.

Ludhiana mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu also attended the meeting. PPBM leaders, including state secretary Mohinder Aggarwal and state general secretary Sunil Mehra, highlighted problems being faced by traders and especially took out time to express concern over the increasing trend of online retailing. They said this trend was harming traditional retailing across the country.

They sought the government’s intervention to safeguard the interests of traditional retailers. They also expressed concern over amendments in labour laws. They also described the amendments as “dangerous”.

Sunil Mehra announced that I-cards would be issued to mandal members in future.

The traders also informed Sandhu about the problems being faced by them. The mayor, in turn, promised to get all issues resolved as early as possible.

The mayor also asked them to extend support and pay maximum taxes to the MC, so that development was not hit. He said all efforts were being made to check pilferage at all levels in the MC.

Admitting that Jagraon Bridge is the city’s lifeline, he said that was making all efforts to get the overbridge functional by March or April next year. He said great efforts were made to shift about 150 jhuggi dwellers from the surroundings of the bridge.

He also asked traders to let him know about the weaknesses of the MC, so that he could work on them.

To a request made by traders, the mayor assured them he would arrange a meeting between PPBM leaders and chief minister Amarinder Singh, so that pending issues could be resolved.

Meanwhile, traders also expressed concern over a electricity tarrif hike of 5 paisa per unit made by the Punjab State Power Corporation by introducing a fuel cost adjustment (FCA) factor in the bill.

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