GUWAHATI, Jan 7 � The All Guwahati Traders Association has decided to take to the path of agitation in the wake of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) ignoring its long standing demands including its demand for withdrawal of user charges by NGOs authorized by the civic body for collection of solid waste.
The Association has alleged that the NGOs authorized by the GMC to collect user charges have been intimidating and harassing the traders and insisted that the NGOs stop their 'unconstitutional' collection.
Prantosh Roy, general secretary of the Association said that the GMC collects crores every year from the trade license fee, but it has failed to ensure minimum amenities in the market areas.
�The markets lack all the basic amenities despite the tax that we pay to the GMC,� said Roy pointing out that most of the markets do not have toilets, drinking water facilities, street lights etc.
It needs to be mentioned here that the Association had held a general meeting of the market committees in December last year and it was attended by representatives of 122 market committees. The meet while opposing the alleged harassment of NGOs collecting user charge had served a seven day ultimatum to the GMC to stop the practice immediately.
�But since the GMC authorities ignored our demand we have decided to take to the path of agitation now,� said Roy adding that all the 140 market committees of the city will take part in the agitation programme.
On January 21, the market committees of the capital city will held protest meetings in their respective areas from 11 am to 12 noon.
The Association has also demanded that the authorities ensure security to the citizens in the market places.
Roy said that the Association will take steps to keep the markets clean and stressed for undertaking cleanliness and plantation drives in the market areas.