Traders appeal for easing of restrictions on weekend ahead of Eid
By: Muzamil Bhat CK
Traders of Srinagar have appealed Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha to direct his administration to lift weekend curfew which is still in force here due to the covid-19 infection.
This fresh appeal from the traders has come in the wake of Eid-ul-Azha as they expect people to come for the shopping in the city and they have been without any economic activities in the past several months.
Economic crunch is visible in entire Jammu and Kashmir post lockdowns and disruptions in life. Traders are really feeling the heat of the situation and they have a lot of expectations from the Eid shopping of the people.
According to KNO, in wake of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, the Kashmir Retailers Association (KRA) has appealed to Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to permit markets to remain open on the weekend, when it’s otherwise supposed to remain closed for weekly Covid restrictions.
KRA President, Farhan Kitab, who is also a member of the All India Retailers Association in a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said in the wake of Covid restrictions, the markets in Kashmir have suffered huge losses for over a year.
He said that Eid shopping could give some respite to the traders and shoppers alike.
“Keeping in view of the religious significance of the festival and the terribly bad economic condition of the business community, especially the traders, the Lieutenant Governor as a goodwill gesture should allow markets to remain open this weekend and it will send a positive signal among the masses,” Kitab said.
He appealed to the LG to look into the demand through a humanitarian angle.
With inputs from KNO