No lockdown extension, facilitate smooth trading: ACC&I to CS

ITANAGAR, July 31:  The business community despite hardships has been extending all possible support to the GoAP to ensure effective lockdown, first imposed on  March 25 last, by making adequate essential commodities available, Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACC&I), drew attention of chief secretary in a memorandum on Friday.

Pointing out that the ACC&I has been actively supporting the GoAP  in fight against the spread of the COVID-19,  president Tarh Nachung and secretary general Toko Tatung, recalled that realizing shortage of masks for frontline workers in initial phase, it had donated 11,000 masks to  Arunachal Chapter Indian Medical Association, initiated voluntary coordination with health department for mass testing of traders in ICR and adjoining areas to be hailed as remarkable to containe spread of the disease.

Thus, the AACC&I placed few demands, including .no extension of lockdown after August 3 as prolonged lockdown had hit Arunachal Pradesh hard, especially the daily wagers, petty traders and road-side vendors, hospitality and food sectors; referring to claim of health department that COV1D-19 sources has been identified and contained to a larger extent based on continuous RT-PCR and sero-surveillance tests, state’s apex traders’ body said that further extension of lockdown in the state, ICR in particular, would caue more harm for which it advocated  opening and closing of shops from 9 am to 5 pm to discourage over-crowding; automatic renewal of statutory licenses as discussed and agreed earlier; allowing  return of staffs of business establishments by issuing a directive; adopt home quarantine model for positive patients; avoid undue harassment of traders due to complete lack of coordination between police and civil administration, particularly at Banderdewa Check Gate and police nakas which have posing problems increasingly to deliver commodities under such duress without any GoAP aid and support. If it continues unabated, ACC&I will be forced to look for democratic alternatives.

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