KTA questions closing 50 percent markets as remedy for controlling Covid pandemic

Srinagar: Kashmir Trade Alliance has questioned the Administration on whether the closure of shops and businesses can curb the spread of Corona virus. Kashmir Trade Alliance (KTA) President Ajaz Shahdhar said that if indeed the downing of shutters could have prevented the spread, the average daily cases could not have been 2000 in the valley.
He said that last year traders suffered thousands of crores of losses as result of the lockdown, and the government or the administration did not come forward to help the small shopkeepers.
“Traders are facing a similar situation, which has resulted loss to economy and business here”, Shahdhar said.
He said that Kashmir Trade Alliance had already apprised the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, and informed them of their concerns that traders could not afford another lockdown
Shahdhar said the administration should now come up with a new plan. He made it clear that Covid could not be controlled by downing of shutters and the regulations issued by the health department and experts must be followed.
Shahdhar advised the government to withdraw the shutter down order and ensure compliance with the regulations to control the Covid virus at the ground level, with its machinery and staff must be mobilized.
President of Kashmir Trade Alliance also advised the Lieutenant Governor’s administration to strengthen the health sector so that the people affected by this global epidemic could be treated in the best possible way. Shahdhar demanded Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to review trade restrictions advisory and issue immediate restoration orders.

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