COVID-19: Traders support Janta Curfew, urge PM to declare national lockdown

COVID-19: Traders support Janta Curfew, urge PM to declare national lockdown

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New Delhi, Mar 22: In support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's clarion call for Janta curfew, more than seven crore traders from across the country, led by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), downed their shutters on Sunday and nearly 40 crore of their employees stayed at their homes.

"About 60,000 commercial markets all over the country remained completely shut, with no business activities," an official statement said here.

Joining hands with CAIT, about one crore transporters, four crore hawkers and about two crore small scale industries refrained from any kind of business activities.

Along with CAIT, other national organisations of retail sector, including the All India Motor Transport Welfare Association, National Hawkers Federation, Laghu Udyog Bharti, MSME Development Forum, All India Ladies Entrepreneurs Association, All India Motor Transport Congress and the Bharatiya Kisan Manch, participated in Janta curfew.

The one-day bandh caused a business loss of about Rs 15000 crore to the domestic trade of India.

The three-day trade bandh call of Delhi traders by CAIT joined the Janta curfew on Sunday, with all major and big markets of Delhi remaining completely closed and no business activity recorded in the national.

The Delhi Trade Bandh will continue tomorrow and the same evening, the trade leaders of Delhi will decide on the future course of action.

CAIT national president BC Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said the CAIT has sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, appreciating the great efforts of the Government in combating COVID-19.

''Although the government is adopting all measures to prevent Novel Coronavirus on it's level, yet it is necessary to protect the Country from community transmission and as such, a national lockdown is the need of the hour.

''Several states have already announced partial lockdown and as such, any national lockdown will get enthusiastic and voluntary support from all sections of the country," they added.

The CAIT said that pharmacists, dairy and grocery shops, apart from general merchants operating in residential colonies, should be exempted from such lockdown, so that people can procure their daily requirements. (UNI)