The traders of the city expressed their ire against what they called discriminatory VAT (Value Added Tax) and raised slogans. They were also critical of the corruption prevailing in the sales tax department and the anti-trader stance being adopted by the officers of the department.
The traders of the city under the banner of Sarv Samaj Udyog Vyapar Mandal reached the sales tax office and started shouting slogans. Addressing the members, president of Vyapari Kalyan Samiti, Satish Chandra Kesarwani said the entire trading community has become exasperated due to the slow working of the sales tax department. He said the anti-trader policy being pursued by the officials of the sales tax department has affected the business of traders in the city. He added that despite the numerous staging of dharna, demonstrations, no action is being taken by administration to provide any relief to traders from the arbitrary functioning of officials.
Another traders' leader said that unless the anomalies in the VAT were not removed and exploitation of traders was not stopped, their struggle would continue.