Jharsuguda: Miffed over the closure of the only wholesale vegetable market in the town, around hundred farmers and traders on Tuesday dumped their produces on the road to register their protest against the administrative decision.
The traders and farmers who arrived from far off places in the morning were prevented by police to hold the daily market. Irate over the police action, they threw the vegetables on road to express their anguish and staged a protest demanding permission to sell their produces.
“We are not allowed to sell the vegetables here at the daily market. We have been asked to sell our produces at different places. We demand the administration should allow us to hold the market in a stipulated time like previous year,” said Ajay Kumar Pandit, a vegetable trader.
The district administration will hold a meeting with the members of the market committee in the afternoon to discuss their demands and decide on the issue.
“They demand to sell their produce at the daily vegetable market point which was closed by the administration in view of the second wave of Covid-19. They have been suggested to sell the vegetables at some other specified places identified by the administration,” said Jogendra Majhi, Executive Officer at Jharsuguda.
A meeting between the district administration and market committee will be held today in the afternoon to find out a solution, he added.
The district administration had earlier declared closure of the daily and weekly market due to rising cases Covid-19 infection. The administration has also identified separate places for sale of vegetables.