LAHORE: A delegation of traders led by the Mall Road Traders Association president and All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran central general secretary Naeem Mir held a meeting with Punjab Governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood to present him compliment for fair support of the ruling party of the PPP to small traders in the country.
The traders’ delegation comprises of Farooq Azad, Abdul Wadood Alvi, Hafiz Asim, Mian Affan, Khawaja Khalid, Tahir Afzal and several other trade leaders.
The governor after listening to the traders’ reservations on uncertain law and order situation directed his staff to hold a conference in this regard at Governor’s House.
He said that the government is willing to give representation to small traders; and this is the reason that the new Trade Ordinance acknowledges their representation. He said that it was because of the government`s willingness that the new Trade Ordinance of 2007 acknowledged the representation of small traders.
He also promised to consider several other issues raised by the traders’ delegation, especially poor performance of law enforcement agencies in the province.
The delegation told the meeting that there was a communication gap between the government and the small traders, because there is no representation of them at the federal level. The delegation hoped that new small chambers would be an exemplary body for the rest of the country`s traders associations.
On the occasion, the APAT general secretary Naeem Mir asked that chambers of small traders should be provided a suitable place in buildings of present chambers, as small traders have no funds to build infrastructure immediately.
He argued that small traders have a significant contribution to set up present chambers, as they are paying chambers fee and other expenses for the last many decades, but they were never their due share in the forum of chamber.
In the aftermath of the approval new Trade Organization Bill 2012, the small traders demand their separate office as well as provision of staff’s services in the same buildings of present chambers, he maintained.
Mir also demanded the formation of a separate Federation of Small Traders, on this occasion.
It is to be noted that a joint meeting of standing committees of parliament and senate on commerce had unanimously approved the much awaited Trade Organization Act last week, which will allow small traders and cottage industry to constitute their own chambers across the country.
The act was passed by the National Assembly in December 2012, but was awaiting clearance from the Senate standing committee before producing in the Upper House for approval. After the approval from Senate the act would be sent to President Asif Ali Zardari for signature, which would allow small traders to establish their small chambers.