New Delhi, May 29 2021 || News Desk

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Ch. Anil Kumar said that even if production starts in the re-opened factories, how will they procure raw material when shops are shut down and where will they sell their products with the markets and shops shut? He said that markets should have been re-opened after taking proper precaution to resume the trading and retail activities to revive the economy, and revive employment and livelihoods, as the traders have run out of all their resources to afford an extended lockdown.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that the Delhi Government’s decision to unlock the construction activity and industrial production, after keeping the national Capital under a prolonged lockdown of nearly 45 days, was a pointless, half-baked and half-hearted exercise to bluff the people. He wondered that with all business and trading activities and markets remaining shut, what purpose these partial lifting of the lockdown would serve?

Addressing a press conference at the DPCC office, Rajiv Bhawan here today, Ch. Anil Kumar said that at least 32-category of items are required to construct a building, but with the lockdown having extended to trading, shops and  markets, how can the construction activity resume, where will the industries sell their products?

Ch. Anil Kumar said that even if production starts in the re-opened factories, how will they procure raw material when shops are shut down and where will they sell their products with the markets and shops shut? He said that markets should have been re-opened after taking proper precaution to resume the trading and retail activities to revive the economy, and revive employment and livelihoods, as the traders have run out of all their resources to afford an extended lockdown.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that Chief Minister Arvind, having failed on all fronts, to control the latest wave of the Covid-19 pandemic spread, seemed to be totally confused and rattled when he told blatant lies to the media without any forethought and planning, and without realizing the implication of the partial lifting of the lockdown.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that it was shocking that neither Chief Minister Arvind, nor the seven BJP MPs elected to Parliament from Delhi with the help and support of the trading community, were not taking up the plight of the traders and shop keepers with the Lt. Governor, who has now been vested with all the powers by the Modi Government to run the Delhi Government.

Ch. Anil Kumar expressed his shock and surprise that when a DPCC delegation headed by him went to meet Lt. Governor Shri Anil Baijal at Raj Niwas today to submit a memorandum about the myriad problems being faced by the business community due to the prolong lockdown, and seeking relief for them from the Government to tide over their present difficulties, the office of the LG was closed. He said that at such a difficult time, when the Covid-19 pandemic crisis is still alive and kicking, the office of the LG, who is now the ‘Sarkar’ of Delhi, should remain open 24×7, instead of enjoying a two-day week-end holiday.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that the DPCC delegation submitted an 11-point memorandum to the Lt. Governor, to revive the trading and retail activity in markets. He said that he talked to over 70 representatives of market associations to understand their woes and concerns, and economic plight, before finalizing the pointers. The Congress memorandum requested the Lt. Governor to reopen the markets for five days a week, with two-day weekend curfew, Delhi Government should provide half the wages of employees of registered traders for two months, house tax and maintenance taxes of industrial and trading establishments should  be waived for the lockdown period, Covid vaccination and RT-PCR test camps for business people and their employees, Delhi Government should bear half the building rent of all the registered business establishments, and a decision on loading and unloading in whole sale market should be taken only after talking to the traders’ associations.

Ex-MLA and former Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister Shri Anil Bhardwaj said that unemployment has hit rock-bottom due to the prolonged lockdown of business establishments, rendering lakhs of young people unemployed, as Delhi provides employment to lakhs of young people from across the country.

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