Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Jharkhand traders worried over frequent shutdowns

Ranchi, Feb 9 (PTI) Traders in Jharkhand are unhappy over the frequent shutdowns in the state which is inflicting heavy losses and scaring outstation industrialists to set up industries in the state.

"The bandhs are like a punishment to traders, daily wagers, transporters which bring trade activities to a standstill. We are fed up with this," Jharkhand Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries President Anchal Kinger said here today.

President of the Jharkhand Small Scale Industries Association Arun Khemka said progress would be affected if strong action was not taken against the Maoists.

"The confidence of industrialists has taken a beating following a shutdown every fortnight," he said referring to the frequent bandhs in the state.

According to records, there were at least 36 shutdowns last year called by various outfits, including political parties and naxalite groups.

"We have 70 to 80 shutdowns per year which is affecting development work in the state.

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