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Delhi traders want removal of Covid-19 restrictions; call odd-even scheme a failure in a survey conducted by CAIT
Traders of Delhi said that they were also very upset by the Delhi Government for politicising the issue in the name of traders when he wrote a letter to Delhi Lieutenant Governor on Friday to roll back Covid-19 restrictions
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has left Delhi in hands of the God during onslaught of Covid-19 for electioneering in other states, local traders opined. The continuing Covid-19 restrictions in the nation's capital Delhi at a time when the positivity rate is declining each day, has antagonised Delhi traders to a great extent.
The traders of Delhi said that they were also very upset by the Delhi Government for politicising the issue in the name of traders when he wrote a letter to Delhi Lieutenant Governor on Friday to roll back Covid-19 restrictions.
They further said that his politics has made the traders of Delhi unnecessary scapegoats in the fight between the Lt Governor and the Chief Minister resulting into huge loss of business to traders.
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This fact has come to the fore in an impromptu online survey conducted by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Friday and today. The survey was done to know if the traders want the COVID restrictions in Delhi to continue or not. Most of the traders in the survey have demanded to free the markets from Covid restrictions.
CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said that at a time when the positive rate in Delhi has come down to 18 per cent and there is a decrease in the serious cases in the hospitals in terms of hospitalisations far less in this phase as compared to the previous phase.
They were of the view that the Covid-19 restrictions can be rolled back considering the existing situation and in view of the business and economic situation in Delhi.
CAIT has also sent a letter to the LG Anil Baijal, demanding relaxation in the COVID restrictions in Delhi, Khandelwal informed.
CAIT has suggested in a letter to LG that the odd-even system has not only proved to be a failure in Delhi, but it has caused more trouble to the consumers as also causing huge disruption in Delhi trade.
In this context the odd-even and weekly lock-down should be removed and more emphasis should be put into the strict implementation of Covid protocols!
CAIT has suggested that the working hours of markets should be changed from 10 am to 5 pm, while hotels and restaurants should be allowed to open with 50 per cent capacity as given to private offices.
Considering the requirements and obligations of weddings happening in Delhi, at least 100 persons should be allowed to attend instead of 20.
The Delhi Administration, along with the trade association of all parts of Delhi, should ensure the mandatory compliance of Covid-19 safety rules in all the markets, the traders body has suggested and offered their full co-operation.
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