The order of the Ministry of Home Affairs has given a big relief to the markets of Delhi. According to the order issued by Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, it will be the responsibility of the district officials and local bodies to follow the corona guidelines in crowded places. Earlier, in the order of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), being issued regularly, market organizations and traders have been held responsible for increasing congestion in the markets.
In view of this order, for the last few days, a whip of closure is being run on the markets and shops. Other markets including Laxmi Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Karolbagh, Sadar Bazar, and Rohini were closed, due to which there is an atmosphere of concern in the markets. Delhi is known as the major business hub of North India. There are more than 300 wholesale and retail markets here. In which there are about nine lakh business establishments.
Business organizations gave this response
Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) chairman Brijesh Goyal said that the shopkeeper can follow the Corona guidelines in his shop or godown. Traders do not have the right to enforce rules in public places. We hope that whatever action the District Magistrate and Sub-Collector take, the market organizations will not be held liable. Also, will not take a decision like closing the markets.
Sanjay Bhargava, president of Chandni Chowk Sarv Vyapar Mandal, said that the required action is not being taken by the administration, municipal corporation and Delhi Police to prevent the spread of corona infection in the markets. Because of this all the guidelines are breaking. More passengers are being seated on e-rickshaws and rickshaws than the prescribed number of passengers. Similarly, devotees are going to some religious places without permission. It is hoped that now the officials will understand their responsibility and will avoid imposing all the accountability on the shopkeepers.
Federation of Sadar Bazar Traders Association President Rakesh Yadav said that we thank the Ministry of Home Affairs which has understood the plight of the traders of Delhi. Due to the continuous closure of the markets, there was an atmosphere of fear among the traders. The co-ordination of all agencies and people is necessary in the war against the corona epidemic. We will extend full cooperation to the police, municipal corporation and administration in this matter in the future also. So that the market remains a safe buying place.
Vinay Narang, President of Automotive Parts Merchant Association, Kashmere Gate, said that the market is going through a bad phase due to Corona and the lockdown. There has been a lot of loss of life and property. Many traders and their family members lost their lives. At the same time, the business had to go through financial difficulties due to stagnation. In such a situation, the business class is not careless about Corona at all. This should be understood by all the accountable people along with the officers. To control this, everyone's coordination is necessary.
Category: India: Delhi