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Pass Hartal Regulation Bill at the earliest: FICCI 

The Times of India , Feb 12, 2019

A meeting of investors and traders convened by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (FICCI) Kerala council has urged the state government to introduce and pass the Hartal Regulation Bill in the Assembly as soon as possible.

The meet in Kochi on Monday also discussed the challenges posed by trade unions in the trouble-free functioning of industries in the state.

The meeting observed that no investments would come to Kerala unless state puts an end to hartals.

The chamber also decided to start propaganda against hartals, which threaten business community and the investment opportunities of Kerala. Business organizations will take further action to generate awareness in society against hartals through meetings and campaign programmes.

The political parties will be brought to a common platform and will be convinced on the necessity to abolish hartals. It decided to dissociate with parties calling hartals.

The meeting also decided to support the legal fights in high court against hartals.

The meeting also set up a 10-member committee comprising representatives of business organizations for further course of actions.

FICCI state council chairman M G George Muthoot, FICCI co-chairperson Deepak L Aswani, Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Biju Ramesh, Kerala Merchant Chamber of Commerce president M A Yusuf, Special Economic Zone Kochi president K K Pillai, anti-hartal committee convener Gopakumar, SEZ vice-chairman Shamsudheen, Chamber of Commerce Thiruvananthapuram secretary Joji spoke in the meeting.

Though similar kind of meetings and decisions were taken early this year by various organizations, the decisions were not put into practice once the hartals came.

Though the district administration promised to take stringent measures against those who create problems on hartals, the institutions of the members of the organizations were shut on the hartal days. Only a few merchants dared to open their shops in Broadway on hartals.