The civic administration of the city recently took a decision directing the shops to conduct COVID-19 test of all the employees and must have COVID-19 negative reports in order to keep on functioning further.
Mayor Sandip Joshi said that the decision issued by civic body directing traders to test employees of their establishments for COVID-19 or threatened to shut shops after August 19 is wrong, impractical decision.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) directed the city trader that every person working at their establishments must have COVID-19 negative test report. Notices issued to traders said the cost of testing be borne by them and granted them just a week’s time.
As soon as the notice was given, traders met Mayor on Thursday.
Joshi said that, there are nearly 50,000 shops in city and on average 4-10 persons are employed therein and paying for the test of each employee is unreasonable. Imagine the logistics that would be required to comply with order of civic body and has civic administration made any arrangement for the same.
The administration should have asked the higher authorities as well before taking such impractical, wrong decision before implementing upon the traders.
Already markets are struggling to survive under impact of COVID-19 pandemic and such random threats of civic administration further dampen the spirits. Mayor advised civic administration not to issue such impractical and unreasonable orders that triggers unnecessary panic in markets.