Taking sanitisation of shops & commercial markets across India, a major issue which will be confronted by the traders at the time of lifting of current lockdown in the Country, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in a communication sent to Union Urban Development Minister Shri Hardeep Puri and Union Commerce Minister Shri Piyush Goyal, the CAIT has stressed the need of making a comprehensive plan for sanitisation of shops and commercial markets all across the Country to remove any possibility of Corona virus or any other virus or other different kinds of infections. The CAIT has sent similar communication to Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan and also to Chief Ministers of all States.
CAIT National President Shri B.C.Bhartia & Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal in communication to both Shri Puri and Shri Goyal said that keeping in mind the health and safety of millions of Indian retailers and consumers it is all the more necessary to sanitise the shops and commercial markets. Keeping shutters closed for such a long time might have dilapidated the inner conditions of the shops increasing the possibility of dust, filth, bad smell and other infectious viruses which needs to be sanitised before resuming the normal operations of the business.
Both Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that on the other hand, due to the widespread of the Coronavirus, India’s commercial markets will remain vulnerable to heavy population exposure. Therefore, the markets will have to be completely sanitised and disinfected for Coronavirus and all other types of possible virus infections. The sanitisation process must begin before the lockdown is lifted and will have to be periodically carried out until the Coronavirus is completely eradicated out of India. They also called for the preparation of health and safety guidelines for traders and the people to follow in all markets.
The trade leaders said that it would be in the best interest of the nation if a comprehensive “ Sanitise and disinfect” plan may be devised by the Government to sanitize all wholesale and retail markets and Shops across the country defining the role and responsibility of local Administrative bodies, State Governments, Central Government and Trade Associations in all States of India. However, both Mr. Bhartia & Mr. Khandelwal assured that traders across Country are happy and willing to cooperate and join hands with the Government since it is also equal responsibility of the traders to ensure health and safety for our themselves, their employees as well as the consumers.