The Federation of All Odisha Traders Association (FAOTA) has decided to postpone their four-day-long strike after the government assured them to look into their grievances. The traders had been on an indefinite strike, protesting against the 5% VAT on pulses and wheat products.
The decision to put the agitation on hold, was taken by the traders following the meeting with Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma. A seven-member committee with three from the traders’ body and four government representatives, will look into all issues and grievances.
The traders have been demanding the waiver of 5% VAT on pulses and wheat products and 1% entry tax levied on April 9. They had stopped the import of pulses, wheat and wheat products from other states.