Because the variety of Covid-19 instances has began going up once more within the latest days within the Capital, the Delhi authorities on Tuesday proposed a slew of steps, together with limiting the variety of folks attending weddings and different social capabilities to 50 from current 200 and imposing native lockdowns on these markets the place consumers don’t observe correct Covid-appropriate norms resembling sporting masks and protecting enough bodily distance.
Addressing a press convention right here, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal mentioned he has written to Lt Governor Anil Baijal concerning the primary proposal and has sought the Centre’s normal approval for imposing lockdowns on such buying areas as and when such events come up. He mentioned the Centre, which introduced the Unlock earlier, had directed all State governments to take its nod earlier than clamping down lockdowns of their territories.
Nevertheless, Kejriwal’s normal proposal to close down these Delhi markets attracted criticism from merchants. The Confederation of All India Merchants (CAIT) requested Union Dwelling Miniser Amit Shah and Baijal to seek the advice of merchants earlier than taking any such choice as it could have an effect on livelihoods of lakhs of merchants and their staff and different folks.
The assertion issued by CAIT Secretary Basic Praveen Khandelwal mentioned such a proposal by Kejriwal speaks to the utter failure of the Delhi authorities in dealing with the Covid subject in Delhi regardless of tall claims made by him and his ministers.
Khandelwal mentioned that although the Covid unfold is definitely a significant concern among the many folks of Delhi, the difficulty must be dealt with in a strategic method and never by piecemeal method. The professionals and cons of shutting the markets have to be examined.
“The merchants and commerce associations of Delhi stand absolutely in solidarity with the federal government to sort out Covid scenario. Nevertheless, with out consulting the merchants, any step taken by the federal government might be counter-productive. Not solely the common gadgets however even the provides of important commodities might be hit onerous with such a lockdown,” he mentioned.