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The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) today sought the direct intervention of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in resolving sealing issue. In a communication sent today to Prime Minister, the CAIT highlighted the issue of not obeying due process of law by the Authorities, arbitrariness of the Monitoring Committee and cruel behaviour with the traders worst than a criminal among other issues and demanded the Prime Minister to bring an Ordinance to stop sealing for at least one year.
The CAIT with deep regrets today said that if no action is taken then traders will left with no other alternative but to handover the keys of their shops to the Government or may shift to neighbouring cities or close down their businesses. This is the only way to protect us from great insult, victimisation, harassment and mental agony.It is irony that in the Capital of World’s largest democracy, the fundamental rights of traders are being brutally crushed and no. one is listening to the woes.
In its communication to Prime Minister, CAIT Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal said that sealing is being done in highly aggressive & unreasonable manner causing great hardships, sufferings, trauma and economic loss to vast section of traders who are serving people of Delhi since a long time. The basic provisions of The Delhi Municipal Corporation Act,1957 are being blatantly flouted while conducting sealing. No opportunity of defence is given to traders. Even in case of dreaded criminal, due opportunity is given but traders have been treated worst than criminals.
The traders are blamed for misusing the building by undertaking commercial activities. No one says  that since Independence, the Government Agencies were completely failed in providing sufficient commercial space in Delhi in proportion to growing population in the city. It is to be noted that even the Government has admitted such failure through an Affidavit filed by Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Govt of India in Supreme Court in 2008 saying that Government could develop only 16% of the commercial space in Delhi in four decades. The rest of the required commercial space was made available by the traders with their own resources. If this would not happen, there could have been much hue & cry and prices could have escalated much high.
The Monitoring Committee is acting in a most dictatorial way and has become an Administrative Authority on its own but unconstitutional and the officials of MCD and other Agencies do not muster enough courage to inform the Committee about their boundation as per explicit provisions of MCD Act and thereby conducting sealing and other activities by sidelining their own governing Act, the MCD Act,1957.
While urging the Prime Minister to bring an Ordinance to stop sealing, the CAIT also said that officials should be advised to follow due process of law strictly and a high level committee may be constituted under Chairmanship of Delhi LG consisting of senior officials of Central & State Government and representatives of trade to thrash out each issue pertaining to sealing.

Introducing Metamorphosis

NITI Aayog, India International Centre and Centre for Policy Research are pleased to invite you to the keynote
Introducing Metamorphoses
by Prof Yochai Benkler
Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Metamorphoses Website
Professor Yochai Benkler will be delivering the keynote ‘Introducing Metamorphoses’ – a series of nine interactions, which will unfold over a year, covering different aspects of the digital revolution. Metamorphoses is a modest effort to try and bridge the gap between digital technologies, which are transforming our lives, and our understanding of their multiple dimensions. The series is a joint initiative between NITI Aayog (the Government of India’s think tank), Indian International Centre (IIC) and Centre for Policy Research (CPR).
The keynote will set the big picture, where Prof. Benkler will talk about current and future technologies and their likely impact on democracy, development, growth and inequality.
Inaugural remarks: Mr N N Vohra, President IIC
Brief opening remarks by Mr Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog; Ambassador Shyam Saran, Life Trustee, IIC and former Foreign Secretary; and Ms Yamini Aiyar, President & Chief Executive, CPR.
Keynote by Prof. Benkler followed by a curated question and answer session with the audience.
Closing remarks by Air Marshall Naresh Verma, Director, IIC
Prof. Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Since the 1990s he has played a role in characterizing the role of information commons and decentralized collaboration to innovation, information production, and freedom in the networked economy and society. His books include The Wealth of Networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom (Yale University Press 2006), which won academic awards from the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the McGannon award for social and ethical relevance in communications. In 2012 he received a lifetime achievement award from Oxford University in recognition of his contribution to the study and public understanding of the Internet and information goods. His work is socially engaged, winning him the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for 2007, and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2006. It is also anchored in the realities of markets, cited as “perhaps the best work yet about the fast moving, enthusiast-driven Internet” by the Financial Times and named best business book about the future in 2006 by Strategy and Business. Benkler has advised governments and international organizations on innovation policy and telecommunications, and serves on the boards or advisory boards of several nonprofits engaged in working towards an open society. His work can be freely accessed at
The talk will be livestreamed on the IIC website; available on Facebook-live on the Metamorphoses Facebook page; and video recordings will be available on YouTube, as well as disseminated through social media channels hosted on the Metamorphoses website. The promotional video for Metamorphoses can be accesse


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