CAIT questions Delhi government plan to lockdown NCR market areas
The Confederation of All India Traders has urged the Union Government to consult with traders before imposing a lockdown on markets in the Delhi National Capital Region as coronavirus cases mount.
CAIT has raised concerns over the effect of a potential Delhi NCR lockdown on traders’ livelihoods after Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that he is sending a proposal to the central government to request the power to impose local lockdowns, the Press Trust of India reported. Kejriwal sent the proposal on Tuesday as NCR market areas are expected to emerge as Covid-19 hotspots following festive shopping and lack of social distancing.
In a statement, CAIT urged: “Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal to consult the traders before taking any such decision as the livelihood of lakhs of traders and their employees and other people are at stake.”
“The pros and cons of shutting the markets must be examined,” said CAIT’s general secretary Praveen Khandelwal, the Press Trust of India reported.
“The traders and Trade Associations of Delhi stand fully in solidarity with the government to tackle the Covid situation. However, without consulting the traders, any step taken by the government will be counterproductive.”
Khandelwal criticised the Delhi government’s handling of coronavirus in the region, calling it an “utter failure."
The traders’ body fears that a lack of planning could have a high cost for the economy and wellbeing of small-scale retailers. The previous lockdown had a high social cost and many small businesses are just starting to recover thanks to festive shopping. However, rising Covid-19 cases have caused concern for the recovery trajectory.
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