In a regressive move guaranteed to dampen retail plans of organised retail corporations,
the Uttar Pradesh Government has ordered the closure of modern organised retail
chains in Lucknow and Varanasi, while setting up a five-member committee led by
cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh to review all aspects governing such
UP government''s reaction was triggered by an attack by a group of traders on Reliance
Fresh and Spencer''s retail stores in Lucknow, fuelled by reports of similar incidents
at outlets in Varanasi.
closure of the two stores has been ordered in Lucknow and Varanasi, ostensibly
in the light of the prevailing law and order, basis concerns raised by the district
decision on the eventual fate of large-format retail stores across the rest of
the State will be once the five-member Committee submits its report. The committee
would include Principal Secretaries of housing, home, agriculture and health as
members, and would also look into the law and order, health, sanitation and location
aspects of the existing and proposed retail stores.