Srinagar: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industries on Friday sought intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha seeking “financial sustenance package” for the businesses community.
“As the Covid-19 positive cases continue to spike across the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, the government in order to contain the contagion continues with weekend lockdowns. The fresh lockdowns, however, have again adversely impacted the livelihood of daily wagers and businesses community Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad, President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCC&I) said.
He urged the administration to keep the livelihood of the business community in mind before taking any future decision and tackle the situation in consultation with traders, industry, business community.A
Ashiq said that the successive pandemic triggered lockdowns have wreaked havoc on economy, after the receding of second wave, the businesses had started to resuscitate. But much to the dismay of stakeholders, the lockdown came again to haunt.
“The years of lockdowns have pushed Business Community to the wall and they are reeling under tremendous stress. The only stability they have been staring is financial instability, ” he complained.
Ashiq said that the government according to President should ensure that people adhere to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and the protocol is followed strictly. “Lockdowns cannot be the first solution or perhaps are not solution as it does more harm than good.”
The business community, according to Ashiq, ensures support to the administration in implementing proper Covid protocol.
In times like these, when the financial instability is marring the community, he requested government to come out with certain packages for the business community in the prevailing circumstances .