Furniture manufacturers want Mapusa feast fair curtailed to three days

NT NETWORK

Mapusa

All Goa Furniture Manufacturers and Traders Association has approached the Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) seeking stern action against grey trade in Mapusa wherein furniture and other items are sold without adhering to proper norms. The association has also demanded that the MMC should not permit fair during the feast of Our Lady of Milagres church for more than three days.

In view of the upcoming feast, members of the furniture manufacturers and traders association approached deputy collector of Bardez Gaurish Shankhwalkar with regards to sale of furniture and other household items claiming that the stalls put up during the feast are not legal and they eat into business of local traders.

Subsequently another meeting was held with MMC officials on the issue and a memorandum handed over.

Traders have demanded that permission should not be granted for stalls dealing in consumer goods and other items that are already sold in market for which trade licence is issued by MMC. Traders also demanded not to allow exhibition-cum-sale in fields in Mapusa as there is scope for corruption.

Addressing media persons, president of All Goa Furniture Manufacturers and Traders Association Paresh Raikar in presence of vice president Suraj Mantravadi and Yogesh Shetgaonkar said, “Grey trade is functioning in the Mapusa within the municipal jurisdiction wherein trading of imported furniture and all other general plastic material is done without any appropriate trade licenses.”

“Turnover of the fair goes into crores of rupees which are grey trade, it is all illegal business there is no benefit for government treasury and MMC only gets sopo. We are not against traditional fair but nobody is taking the issue of trade fair, exhibition-cum-sales serious. Commercial tax department should look into them,” added Raikar.

Suraj Mantravadi said, “Nowadays every second month, exhibitions are held and it is continuous process due to which registered dealers who are paying all kinds of taxes and generating revenue to the government and also generating employment are

suffering.”