Jamshedpur, April 18: With a surge in the number of corona positive cases, the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has appealed to the traders to close down their business establishments every Tuesday. The move will help to ease out rush in the markets.
Ashok Bhalotia, president, Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry said: “We have decided to shut down our shutters every Tuesday. We have also cancelled all our programmes for the next 15 days. The chamber premises will also remain closed.”
“We have appealed the traders to close their establishments on Tuesdays to break the chain of the coronavirus pandemic. We were waiting for the government to impose strict curfew-like restrictions and enforcement measures in the state but nothing big came out of the meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, said Bharat Vasani, general secretary, Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He further said that either the state government must ensure adequate health infrastructure or impose lockdown.
The members of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) took the decision at a meeting at Chamber Bhavan in Bistupur on Sunday.
Also present at the meeting were former president and a senior state functionary of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Suresh Sonthalia, Anil Modi and others.
Meanwhile, the district administration has imposed restrictions in different areas in view of rising COVID-19 positive cases in the city. A team launched a drive at Sakchi and Bistupur and nab several people not wearing face masks and ensuring personal distancing while venturing out to carry out their essential works in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team hit the streets at Sakchi and Bistupur markets to carry out surprise inspections to check whether people were wearing masks and also handed over masks to those who were not, even while explaining the importance of personal safety to them. The team went to Sakchi market various shops along that stretch checking whether personal distancing was being maintained and people wore face masks.
Those who fail to wear masks while venturing out are liable to be paid a penalty, said the senior official. Shops and business establishments which fail to adhere to the government guidelines issued in respect of COVID-19 would be sealed, he said.