The supply of essential commodities will be affected on February 1 as around 40,000 head loaders (mathadi) from different parts of Maharashtra will go on a one-day strike. The fruits, vegetables, onion-potato, grain and spice markets at the Mumbai Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Vashi will also be closed.
According to Narendra Patil, President of Annasaheb Patil Economically Backward Development Corporation (APMC), the strike is to draw the attention of the Maharashtra government to solve the pending issues of mathadi workers under different departments, including marketing, co-operative, urban development and revenue.
Apart from Vashi APMC, markets in Pune, Nashik, Solapur and Satara will not function on February 1, 2023. “The supply of vegetables and other essential commodities will be affected for at least two days as Vashi APMC receives vegetables and other commodities from various places,” said a trader.