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    Azadpur mandi labour union calls for a week long break from April 27

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    The labour union of Azadpur wholesale market in Delhi has asked its members to take a week-long break from April 27 after a trader died of coronavirus.

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    The labour union of Azadpur wholesale vegetable market in Delhi, which feeds large parts of northern India, has asked its members to take a week-long break from April 27 after a trader died of Covid-related complications. Anil Malhotra, member of Azadpur APMC committee, said fruit and vegetable supplies will slump 80-90% by next week as most traders have asked farmers not to bring their produce to the market. He, however, said the decision will not impact consumers much as most of them are buying vegetables and fruits on a weekly basis.

    But Adil Ahmad Khan, chairman of Azadpur APMC, said the market will be open 24 hours and seven days a week to cater to the consumers and to protect farmers. "Please do not heed to these rumours. The supply of fruits and vegetables will not be affected. Traders and workers will come to the mandi," he said. But Malhotra said they have asked the government to allow them to trade on alternate days and in other locations of Delhi-NCR to better manage social distancing and prevent the spread of coronavirus. "Everyone is afraid to work. From next week, we will be unable to work if our labour doesn’t come," he said.

    Meanwhile, traders have asked for a medical camp to be set up at the market for them and the workers. They have also sought compensation of Rs 1 crore from the state government for the deceased trader and any other Covid victim from the mandi in the future. “Our life is at risk in Azadpur mandi where there is no social distancing,” said Bechu Yadav, general secretary at Azadpur Sabzi Mandi Mazdoor Union. “Daily thousands of people from traders, buyers, vendors, salesmen, accountants, daily wage earners, truckers and labourers are working at close proximity in the mandi. Hence, we have asked our union members to not work from April 25 till May 3.”

    Yadav said with this move, they will break the cycle of coronavirus spread. “Workers don’t have adequate resources to maintain desired level of hygiene at this time. We also don’t have money to get tests done in case we are down with cold and fever,” said Yadav.

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    3 Comments on this Story

    Kartar Singh267 days ago
    Delhi govt-Kejriwal is providing electricity in subsidized rates with the same Purchase Tariff. Why can't you...?
    Devidas Telakat268 days ago
    Asking people to go to shops or mandis is a sure way to defeat lockdown norms in social distancing. In such an undisciplined country like India,the deaths from Corona can have been severely high but millions heeded Prime Minister's request and helped to keep it low although there has been concerted efforts to defeat the lockdown.Real threat to one's life will become a disciplining force in self interest.
    Devidas Telakat268 days ago
    When loss of life is experienced,sense seems to descend from somewhere.
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