—Sandhya Malhotra

Ludhiana, Oct 21: Instead of being festival of lights, it is going to be ‘Black Diwali’ for the Punjab traders as they decided to continue their boycott of PC vendors after failing to hear any positive news from them.

PACT, the state association has issued a new advisory to all the 13 local IT associations of Punjab calling for a complete ban on purchasing of all IT products after the Diwali.


The association has been demanding five-point online sale guidelines from all the PC vendors and distributors to follow for the interest of offline traders. The association had given an ultimatum till Oct. 20 to come up with a strong policy for online sales, but with no response from the vendors, the traders have decided on a ‘Purchase Bandh’ on all the IT products.

The latest advisory issued by PACT said, “Further to the call given and the subsequent meet attended by all PC vendors and distributors representative in Chandigarh, the discussion with PACT has received either none, insufficient or inconclusive replies from Vendors in perspective of what was required to be done by them, PACT has decided to extend boycott indefinitely till further orders.”

PACT is also mulling over the idea of including all IT products viz. peripherals and components, consumables, networking products etc. and may also advise its members to abandon all commercial transactions with the NDs till boycott (all Punjab and Chd.) is in force.

PACT’s also added that its “Purchase Bandh Call” has received good response from associations across the country, and very soon after Diwali, they would step up the action.