Traders in Kerala have declared 2019 the 'anti-hartal year': Here's why

Traders' groups have said that by calling frequent strikes, political parties are damaging the state's economy

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On Thursday (December 20), over 35 trade organisations in Kerala came together to announce that 2019 will be ‘anti-hartal year’. The Cochin Chamber of Commerce believes that the frequency of hartals – otherwise known as bandhs – in Kerala is cutting Rs 7,200 crore from the state’s GDP. “There were 97 hartals last year. The traders, hoteliers, bus owners and other establishments were facing a loss of crores of rupees due to such flash hartals,” Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samiti state president T. Nasarudheen told PTI. “”We ...