1st Aug 2020 02:08:AM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ITANAGAR, Jul 31: The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACC&I) in a release has urged the state government not to extend lockdown in the Itanagar Capital Region beyond August 3, citing unprecedented lockdowns has hit hard the entire business community.
"The unwarranted situation created in Arunachal Pradesh by nationwide lockdown since March 2020 followed by extended lockdowns in the ICR with the twin objective of breaking the chain and augmenting the infrastructure in the health sector, has hit hard the entire segment of the business community, especially the daily wagers, Petty traders and road-side vendors and hospitality and food sectors, " it stated.
It claimed that during the long span of the lockdown, several businesses have either collapsed or are on the verge and many business communities are struggling on a daily basis with no support from the government.
Asserting that many business establishments are working with minimal staff which has reduced their output particularly the stockists, wholesale distributors, it requested the government to allow the business owner to bring back the skilled and unskilled staffers following the laid down procedure of quarantine and SOPs.
There is wide anticipation that the COVID Care facilities and Quarantine Centres might run short of space for admission of new positive patients seeing the number of increasing positive cases in ICR so we would also like to request that those  patients who do not require immediate medical attention especially who are asymptomatic and between the age of 10-60 years, may be allowed to recover at home with strict COVID-19 home quarantine directives, the ACCI said.
It also expressed concern over undue harassment meted out to the business community bringing essential items in various police Nakas despite obtaining permission and obeying the laid down mandatory test and SOPs in check gates.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for the business community to deliver commodities under such duress which also exposes complete lack of coordination between Police and Civil Administration, it added.
It further also demanded immediate implementation of the automatic renewal system for  trading license, food license, pollution certificate, factory license, bar license, etc as discussed and agreed upon earlier.
The ACC&I  claimed that no concrete steps have been taken to redress all the above-mentioned issues despite calling attention to these lacunae in every Stakeholders Meet.
Further asserting that ACC&I has been actively supporting the state government in the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus in the state, however, opposed y further extension of lockdown.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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