- KCCI has appealed to the Sindh authorities to permit the markets to function on the final two days earlier than the holy pageant.
- The previous KCCI president says there may be some room obtainable to let shopkeepers do enterprise not less than on Wednesday and Thursday.
- The representatives of those industrial markets associations have additionally assured to totally adjust to SOPs, say KCCI officers.
KARACHI: Because the nation experiences an entire lockdown forward of Eid, the officers on the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Trade (KCCI) have appealed to the Sindh authorities to permit the markets to function on the final two days earlier than the holy pageant, The Information reported on Wednesday.
Talking concerning the losses confronted by the merchants throughout these essential days forward of Eid, Chairman Businessmen Group and Former President KCCI Zubair Motiwala, in a press release, stated: “It was imperative for them to be able to recover some of the grave losses suffered by them due to stringent curbs imposed to contain further spread of COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Keeping in view the not so bad number of COVID-19 cases in Karachi, we believe there is some room available to let shopkeepers do business at least on Wednesday and Thursday from Iftar to Sehri,” he added.
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The former KCCI chief said the move would be not only be welcomed by small traders and shopkeepers but also by a large number of citizens who will be able to complete their unfinished shopping for the Eid festival.
Pressure on KCCI
According to Motiwala, associations of commercial markets from all across the city have been constantly exerting pressure on the KCCI so that the body could play its part in convincing the government to allow businesses to keep on operating during the last two days.
He said that the representatives of these commercial markets associations have also assured to fully comply with SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) during these days.”
“Instead of completely shutting down businesses, the government should allow them to keep on running their businesses from Iftar to Sehri during the last two days before Eid,” he insisted.
Motiwala further said that it would obviously discourage overcrowding as all the markets in the city would be simultaneously operational and social distancing will easily be ensured all the time.
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In the meantime, President KCCI Shariq Vohra said it was excessive time for the Sindh authorities, being the peoples’ authorities, to return ahead to minimise the hardships being confronted by the distressed residents and the enterprise neighborhood.
Chairman of KCCI’s Particular Committee for Small Merchants Majeed Memon identified many shopkeepers have been already going via horrible crises as a result of restricted enterprise actions because the outbreak of the pandemic therefore.
“The government must look into the possibility of providing them relief for just two days before Eid by allowing them to carry on businesses from Iftar to Sehri otherwise many businesses will not be able to survive and wipes out forever,” Memon asserted.