Trader’s body, sumo union threaten stir if toll tax order not revoked

Urge govt to do away with such anti-poor measure

Srinagar, May 7: Traders Association and Sumo Union Anantnag threatened to launch an agitation if imposition of toll tax was not revoked forthwith.

Describing it as anti-people, Hakkem Sajad Shah General Secretary All traders and manufacturers Association Anantnag said that the toll tax shall be collected from only outsiders and not from people of expressed serious concern about the harsh tax rate of Toll plaza on public transportation and demands an exemption for the local population of Kashmir people.

He said that such a harsh move will have a tremendous impact on trade and commerce and as such shall be done away with immediately.

“If such anti-people and harsh order is not revoked forthwith we will have no other option but to launch an agitation and all responsibility shall lie on the government in that eventuality,” Hakeem said.

He said that toll shall be only collected from outsiders.

Shabir Ahmad, General Secretary Hamdaniya Sumo Stand Union Janglatmandi, Anantnag told GNS that such a move is anti-people and would prove a burden on poor people if continued.

“We are already facing tremendous hardships for various accounts. We have to pay loans and other expenses this is simply adding more burden on us which we may not cope with,” Shabir said.

He urged the government to revoke the order forthwith.

“If continued we will be left with no option but to increase the fare which will add to miseries of people particularly poor strata of the society. The order is nothing but anti-people and no government should resort to such anti-people measures,” he added.

The sumo union also threatened agitation if the government fail to meet their demand without any delay. (GNS)

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