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Pune markets and non-essential shops to be shut tomorrow to avoid crowding on Anant Chaturdashi

The decision to keep markets shut on Sunday has been taken as a precautionary measure to avoid crowding on the day of immersion of Ganesh idols.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: September 18, 2021 10:39:17 am
Pune, Pune markets, Ganesh, Maharashtra Deputy CM, Ajit Pawar, Anant Chaturdashi, PMC, Pimpri-Chinchwad, PCMC, Indian express, Indian express news, Pune news, Current affairs“The decision to shut shops on September 19 was taken unanimously after consulting officials in the administration and public representatives," said Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar. (Express photo by Arul Horizon)

MARKETS will remain shut in Pune on Sunday, September 19, as a precautionary measure to avoid crowding on Anant Chaturdashi, the day of immersion of Ganesh idols, although hotels, restaurants, and essential establishments will be allowed to operate.

The decision, taken at a meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday, will be applicable in the jurisdiction of Pune Municipal Corporation, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and all three cantonment boards.

“The decision regarding shop closure on September 19 was taken unanimously after consulting officials in the administration and public representatives. Although some shops anyway remain closed on Sunday, we have decided to close all shops to reduce crowding on the day. Restaurants, hotels, and establishments providing essential services will remain open,” said Pawar.

He said the Covid-19 situation in the district has improved with the decline in weekly positivity rate and case mortality rate. “So far, over 92 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in the state with about 40 per cent population getting fully vaccinated. The vaccination pace has picked up considerably in recent months. So far, over one lakh vaccine doses were administered on a single day on five occasions,” said Pawar.

Pawar also said that as the state’s finance minister, he was supposed to attend the GST Council meeting chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. But he failed to attend it and had to dispatch the state finance secretary, as it was held in Lucknow, which is an inconvenient destination to travel to.

“The important meeting of GST Council should be held in New Delhi. I don’t understand why it is often held in Lucknow,” said Pawar.

He said that the state government has conveyed to the Centre its opposition to the inclusion of fuel in the ambit of GST.

“Instead of including it in GST, the Union government should reduce the central taxes on fuel, which will help bring down the fuel price. Including fuel in the ambit of GST will harm the revenue interests of states,” said Pawar.

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