50% closure of markets not acceptable: Traders

Srinagar:Appealing the government to reconsider its decision of closing the 50% market to contain the recent COVID19 spike, valley’s trade bodies on Tuesday said the decision will dent an already fledgeling economy of the union territory.

They urged the government that SOPs should be implemented smartly in letter and spirit instead of closing the market.

Kashmir Traders & Manufacturers Federation, Chairman Mohammad Yasin Khan said the government didn’t take stakeholders into confidence for such a “harsh decision”.

He said there is a constant influx of transporters, tourists and labourers from outside the JK without any proper testing at Lakhanpur and Lower Munda.

Khan said at Srinagar airport, the officials are doing RAT which is not foolproof under current situations.

He urged the government to take all pros and cons into account before imposing any decision on masses.

“We have to pay taxes to the government, loans to financial institutions. Where will it come from? Government should ponder on it,” KTMF chairman added.

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industries (KCCI) former President Sheikh Ashiq expressed surprise over the move and said “curfew” like restriction will not serve any purpose.