JAMMU: Observing that fight against coronavirus is a long drawn one, Chamber of Traders Federation (CTF) stated that due to extended period of lockdown, many sectors like mobile, optical, shoe sellers, cloth merchants, cement, hardware, auto ancillaries, workshops, etc have become essential and need to be allowed to operate in a restricted manner.
Neeraj Anand, President CTF in a press statement said, “We had a meeting of office bearers and teleconference with trade heads, wherein it came to fore that customers are calling them frequently for their daily needs, someone’s charger is not working, someone’s spectacles have broken, leaking pipes etc, are a few examples of how people are suffering.”
Apparently there is no easy solution in site but we need to learn to live with this, added Neeraj Anand.
“We have written to the Office of LT. Governor, Div Com and Deputy Commissioner, seeking permission to open non-essential trades in restricted manner,” he said and added, “We have suggested opening of non-essential trade from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on daily basis or alternate days.”
Meanwhile, CTF appealed to all trade bodies to ensure that precautionary measures are followed and a balance is maintained between trade and health , as PM Modi said , “Jaan Bhi Jahaan Bhi.”
Raman Gupta, Shiv Gupta, Dinesh Gupta, Tushar Gupta, Ajay Gupta and Parag Abrol were present during the meeting.