Pune: The Federation of Traders Association of Pune (FATP) has opposed re-lockdown move of the administration and has warned government that it would lead to eruption of public anger. The Federation has categorically said that lockdown is not a solution to Covid-19 and it is not feasible to shut shops during this period.
The Federation has given a letter to Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and District Administration about their stand on the lockdown issue. Deputy CM Ajit Pawar had held a review meeting regarding the Covid-19 cases and precautionary measures to be taken for controlling the spread of coronavirus in the city. After this meeting, Pawar instructed the officials to implement strict lockdown for 15 days in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad cities. The FATP promptly opposed this decision and requested the government to reconsider their decision. FATP President Fattechand Ranka, Secretary Mahendra Pitaliya have written a letter to the government citing various reasons for opposing the lockdown.
Ranka said, "If lockdown is implemented again, business will suffer a lot and the damage will be irreversible. The economical and psychological damage will be the worst. Traders are already under much stress and some of them have died due to suicide as their business took a hit due to previous lockdowns. Common public is also opposing the lockdown and there is a possibility that public anger would erupt against this decision. The government should stay away from measures like lockdown and allow the shops to operate every day between 9 am to 7 pm."
"If the government wants, it can take strict action against traders who are found violating norms issued by the government and local administration officials. All traders have already made all preparations to prevent the coronavirus outbreak. Trader associations can also give an undertaking regarding the precautionary measures taken by them," the association has said in their letter.
The FATP had recently met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief and senior leader Sharad Pawar demanding relocation of the wholesale market from peth areas of the city to the outskirts. Since this market was closed for nearly two months as it was under the containment zone, the trader community had to suffer a lot and supply chain of various essential and non-essential items has been disrupted since then.
Edited by Akshay Badwe