U T Khader, Mangaluru MLA talking with retailers of Central Market at Mangaluru on MLA U T Khader speaks to…Read
Mangaluru: A directive by deputy commissioner K V Rajendra directing dealers in Central Market into forthwith change their activities back to the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) lawn at Baikampady on Tuesday watched former district ministry U T Khader and APMC president K Krishnaraj Hegde cross swords. Even though Hegde said the APMC is going to be constrained to behave legally against the dealers should they neglect to do so, Khader said the DC’s directive smacked of hastiness.
Hegde told colleagues on Wednesday the APMC had invested near Rs 1 crore since DC Sindhu B Rupesh guided all actions at Central Market, deemed to become sub-yard of their primary APMC lawn at Baikampady, be changed there due to Covid-19. The directive was given on premise which the Central Market was in a dilapidated state and Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) meant to build a brand new marketplace after demolishing it.
Not commenting about the legal dispute between the dealers and MCC, Hegde stated 60 dealers that had acquired licences in the APMC continued to execute their wholesale trade in vegetables and fruits in the Central Market, also didn’t change to the main lawn. “We’ve 74 godowns of 1,200 sq feet dimension with holding ability of seven tonnes, which is allocated to dealers. Every godown could be further afield to home three components of 400 sq feet,” he explained.
The APMC, according to the directive in the district government, and in aftermath of their public health exigency, allowed the dealers to perform their transaction without realising they obtain a license, pay the commission, APMC cess and additional prerequisites that they will need to comply with. When the dealers refuse to return to APMC lawn, the current committee is going to be restricted to move against them legitimately, and it’s in the best interest to prevent a protracted legal wreck, Hegde cautioned.
Khader slammed the decision by the DC mentioning Covid because the main reason behind the order that he murdered. “District in-charge secretary Ponnuraj who penned the choice that led to investors changing their commerce to the lawn in April, has to return and put right the mess that he created,” that the Mangaluru MLA explained. Noting the APMC yard lacks centers against claims made by Hegde, Khader also assailed the MCC for going back on its decision requesting the dealers to vacate in the Central Market.
There isn’t any clarity on way of dispersing the stores in the primary lawn, ” he stated, adding that the stores distributed have been completed in the whims and fancies of a select few. The government has no right to guide the dealers to change into the lawn, or get license there, given that the government has chosen to eliminate the APMCs, ” he said, demanding that traders must be requested to change only after alternate arrangements are made to them.