Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce, (NVCC) one of the leading body of traders with 13 lakh members, appealed to the Ravindra Thakre, District Collector and Radhakrishnan B, Commissioner NMC and Ram Joshi, Additional Commissioner NMC to allow all shops to reopen.
In a delegation lead by Ashiwin Mehadia, President handed a memorandum appealing relaxation in lockdown. Mehadia said, traders of non-essential items are facing lockdown from March 2021.
Last year’s 8 month lockdown all together has crippled the financial strength of the traders. He further added though the Maharashtra Government ordered lockdown from April 2021 and extended it till May 30, but the city is under lockdown from March itself.
“The Government has not announced any relief package for traders. Instead it has made stringent taxation rules, and adding penalty for not filing or paying taxes. Along with the main traders their associates, employees are all facing hard days.
Financial disability of the traders is now converting into mental problems and they are getting several illness,” Mehadia said.
Sanjay Agrawal, Vice-President added that traders are the backbone of the financial system, if that is broken the country’s economy will collapsed.
Due to closer of business, traders are unable to pay their employees, such employees are also facing huge economic crises. Radhakrishanan B, after listening to traders said that after if such co-operation and support by people, State Disaster Management Committee can take decision to start business activities from June 1, but strict following of Covin-19 SOP will be required. Also present in the delegation were Ram Avtar Totla, Secretary NVCC, Sachin Punyani, Treasurer, Rajwantpal Singh Tuli and others.