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Coronavirus in Pakistan: Enterprise neighborhood asks govt to chop Eid holidays

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  • Govt broadcasts six holidays for Eidul Fitr from Could 10-15.
  • Zubair Motiwala says shutting down the economic system for an extreme interval will solely worsen hardships for the enterprise neighborhood.
  • Businessmen are of the view that extended holidays will have an effect on exporters.

KARACHI: The federal government has been requested by the enterprise neighborhood to chop the six-day “unprecedentedly long” Eid holidays, saying will probably be “extremely counterproductive” for enterprise and the economic system.

The Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), as a part of its ‘Stay Home Stay Safe Strategy’ to curb the COVID-19 unfold had declared Could 10-15 (Monday to Saturday) Eidul Fitr holidays.

“Shutting down the country for nine consecutive days was unacceptable as it would create a lot of problems for the economy and the business community,” Businessmen Group chairperson Zubair Motiwala mentioned in an announcement on Friday.

Learn extra: Eid holidays to be noticed from Could 10-15 in Pakistan

“It will particularly hurt exporters, who will not be able to dispatch their shipments abroad due to complete closure of banks, ports, customs and all other departments during excessive holidays.”

Motiwala mentioned as Eidul Fitr is more likely to be noticed in Pakistan both on Could 13 or 14, the choice didn’t make any sense therefore, it should be reviewed to save lots of the economic system and companies from struggling grave losses.

“Keeping in view the overall business and economic crises being faced by the country, the government must review this decision and announce Eid holidays from May 12 to 15, which will certainly give some breathing space to exporters by enabling them to dispatch shipments on 10th and 11th May, 2021.”

Learn extra: Chand raat bazaars, procuring malls to stay closed from Could 8-15, says NCOC

He mentioned shutting down the economic system for an extreme interval will solely worsen hardships for the already perturbed enterprise neighborhood.

“The business and industrial community of Karachi has already suffered losses due to limited business hours imposed to contain further spread of COVID-19 pandemic whereas the suspension of banking services and port operations for nine consecutive days would further multiply the losses for trade, industry, businesses and the economy,” Motiwala mentioned.

He mentioned given the miserable efficiency of just about all sectors of the economic system, significantly the dwindling exports, the federal government is sure to ensure the wheels of business preserve shifting with none interruption.

“We cannot afford such prolonged holidays as they result in losses of billions of rupees to the national exchequer, terribly affect trading activities particularly exports and deprive the poor daily wage earners from their desperately needed earnings,” he added.

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