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SCCI demands extension of business hours during festive season in Jamshedpur

Banna assures to take up issue with CM Hemant

Jamshedpur, Oct 25: In view of the festive season, Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), the oldest and biggest traders’ outfit of Kolhan has appealed Hemant Soren government to give permission to open shops even on Sundays and extension of business hours till 10 pm. SCCI on Monday held a meeting at Chamber Bhawan in Bistupur where traders from different parts of the city urged the state government to unlock all shops and establishments on Sundays and to extend business hours upto 10 pm in view of the impending festive season.

During the meeting SCCI President Vijay Anand Moonka said, “As we all know festivals like Dhanteras, Diwali, Bhai Dooj, Govardhan Puja, Chhath, etc. are near and people do a lot of shopping in festivals especially on Sunday which are holiday but shops are closed and the time limit till 8:00 PM to shopkeepers and customers which is causing lot of problem for customers and loss of business.”

Moonka informed that sellers of clothes, gold and silver jewellery, paints, electronics goods, cosmetic, footwear, home appliances, etc. are directly affected by the weekend lockdown and time limit for business.

SCCI General Secretary Manav Kedia said that chamber has been raising this issue for the last 15 days but no relief has been provided till date from the state government.

Kedia informed that all shopkeepers get their shops cleaned, painted and painted once a year during Diwali, but in the present situation, Sunday’s lockdown has become a hindrance in this matter as well.

Later, a delegation of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by president Vijay Anand Moonka met Jharkhand Health and Disaster Management Minister Banna Gupta at his Kadma residence and submitted a memorandum urging the state government to unlock all shops and establishments on Sundays and to extend business hours upto 10 pm.

Chamber president Vijay Anand Moonka said that we respect the government and have followed all their guidelines and we are conscious about the third wave, but in the current situation, the way people are crowding the market, it is very important to allow opening of shops on Sundays and extend the business deadline.

The Minister assured the SCCI delegation of taking up the matter with the Chief Minister and said that he will personally meet the CM Hemant Soren on Tuesday after which a decision will be taken.  

The SCCI delegation led by President Vijay Anand Moonka included Manav Kedia, Suresh Sonthalia etc.

Earlier, the SCCI delegation had also met Deputy Commissioner Suraj Kumar and handed him a letter addressed to Chief Minister Hemant Soren urging him  to unlock Sunday restrictions for all shops so that shopkeepers and traders could recoup their income that was adversely affected during the COVID infection period during the oncoming festive season.

SCCI had also tweeted to Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Jharkhand health and disaster management on the same issue.  

Significantly, as part of the Covid restrictions, shops barring those selling essential commodities like foods, vegetables, milk and medicines, are kept closed on Sundays.

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