Vijay Goel

The Hindu- Modi to address trading community: Goel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the trading community and seek to outline the contributions of the BJP-led Centre to India’s economy at an event here next week, Union Minister and former Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel announced on Saturday.

The convention will be organised this Friday at the Talkatora stadium and has been dubbed the “Rashtriya Vyapari Dhanywad Mahasammelan”.

Praveen Khandelwal, national secretary general of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), prominent business leaders and office-bearers of all the associations of markets in Delhi have been invited on this occasion. Thousands of traders shall express their happiness and gratitude to the Prime Minister. The BJP has again proved that it is at the forefront in taking steps in the interest of the traders,” Mr. Goel said.

According to the former Delhi BJP chief, in October last year, the Prime Minister had tasked himself with preparing a report on the National Traders’ Board which was submitted after he held a series of consultations with several traders.

National traders’ board

“Prime Minister has been considering the setting up a national traders’ board since then and today the idea has been included in the BJP’ Sankalp Patra,” Mr. Goel said.

Mr. Goel claimed there was “huge enthusiasm” among the community after the BJP released its manifesto which promised to address prominent and fundamental issues concerning traders following which they have been organising meetings in different places to express their gratitude to the party.

Specific promises related to the community made in the manifesto include the setting up of a National Traders’ Welfare Board, new retail policy to boost retail trade, pension scheme for small traders above the age of 60, ₹10 lakh accidental insurance to all GST-registered traders and credit cards to traders on the lines of Kisan Credit Cards.

“The BJP has not only taken care of the interests of traders but has also fought for them and by including the prominent concerns of traders in its Sankalp Patra, the BJP has made it clear that it alone can protect the interests of traders…While traders will express their gratitude to the Prime Minister, he will speak on how traders can contribute more to the development and economy of the country,” Mr. Goel said further.

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