The major trade bodies of Jammu have strongly opposed the decision of the J&K UT Administration with regard to 50 % closure of the markets on alternative days, stating that it has created confusion among the people and also caused inconvenience to the general public.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu appealed to the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Administration to review its decision pertaining to opening of 50 percent shops on alternate days besides the restriction on the timings fixed for their functioning.
During a meeting of the Chamber held today under the chairmanship of Arun Gupta, president CCI along with office bearers and representatives of various markets’ associations, the Chamber regretted that the Administration did not consider the suggestions provided by the CCI in consultation with various Bazars/ Market Associations while taking up the matter with Divisional Commissioner, Dy Commissioner Jammu and telephonically with the Principal Secretary to Lt Governor, Nitishwar Singh, prior to the announcement of the aforesaid SOPs.
The CCI believes that the schedule formulated by the Administration in this regard in causing too much inconvenience to both the trading community as well as the people at large and needs to be immediately replaced by a balanced one prepared only after considering all the aspects of the current crisis situation.
The Jammu Chmaber president informed that the business community expressed grave concern over the ‘inconvenient’ schedule announced by the Government for their working. He said that all the associations and federations in unison demanded the change in the SOPs regarding the timings of the business establishments.
Gupta said that the constituent bodies of Chamber of Commerce and Industries demanded that the shops and other establishments should be allowed to work daily from 10 AM to 6 PM with a two-day weekend lockdown on Saturday and Sunday. Moreover, there should be no restrictions on business ventures and traders whose working commences after seven in the evening. He said that this would ensure less crowding at these establishments especially in view of the ongoing marriage season. He said that the opening of business establishments on alternate days have been causing great harassment to the consumers. He said that in view of the marriage season having commenced, the people especially those having marriage functions in their families are highly perturbed over this schedule which needs an immediate review.
“It is a fact that the nation including this Union Territory is going through an unprecedented crisis in which safety and security of individuals has to be accorded top priority, but the decisions taken in this direction need to be balanced so that there is least inconvenience to the common people. Only two days’ weekend lockdown will ensure the breaking of the chain of fast virus spread,” CCI president claimed.
Federation of Traders Association J&K and Ladakh president, Neeraj Anand said no doubt their association fully supports UT Administration in taking measures for the welfare of the general public in view of growing Covid-19 crisis, but not happy with the decision of 50 % market opening on alternative days as it has created confusion among the masses. He said the marriage seasons has begun and people are facing inconvenience.
Anand said there are some markets in Jammu which totally deals in single stuff/product like booksellers, grocery, goldsmiths, Link Road Cloth market etc. Keeping entire market closed on particular day will cause great inconvenience to the people. The Government must review its decision. He regretted that stakeholders were not taken into confidence before announcing such a decision. They should allow markets/ shops opened on split basis, allowing all type of shops opened every day, Anand suggested.
Deepak Gupta, president Ware House/ Nehru Market Traders Association said that they have voluntarily declared to close their markets along with Kanand Mandi Wholesale Market on Saturday-Sunday in view of growing Covid crisis. But the Association does not support Administration’s decision of opening 50 % shops on alternative days as it was not in favour of general public and traders. It has rather added to the confusion among the general public. Gupta said that Administration should review its decision. If they want to go for three days lock down and three days opening of markets, can go ahead, but it must review its decision, he added.
Virtual hearing in Courts extended till May 31
The virtual hearing of cases in both wings of High Court and all District Courts and Subordinate Courts as well as Tribunals has been extended till May 31.
Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal has extended by May 31 order regarding the virtual hearing of the cases in both wings of the High Court as well as in the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in J&K and Ladakh in view of rise in COVID cases.
“Taking note of the daily rising number COVID-19 infection cases and the prevailing situation due to the rapid spread of (the) infection, the High Order No. 259 of 2021/RG dated 26.04.2021 is extended up to May 31, 2021,” read an order
It is further added that daily some Judicial Officer and officials of the District and Subordinate Judiciary are reported to have tested COVID-19 positive. Therefore, the Judicial Officers of the Subordinate Judiciary have been given liberty to work through virtual mode from their respective official residences.
However, for remand purposes or for meeting any judicial exigency, the District Judge shall prepare a sitting roster for District Judges and Magistrates, the Chief Justice added.
On April 26, the Chief Justice had ordered that filing as well as hearing of cases in both wings High Court as well as in the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals shall be conducted through Virtual Mode till May 15 which now has been extended till the end of this month.
In order to decongest the sections/offices/Courts, the Chief Justice had said the officials shall be permitted to function in batches with 50 percent reduction on rotation basis.
Regarding District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, the Chief Justice ordered that entry of litigants, public and clerks of the Advocates into the Court premises from the very outer gate shall be strictly prohibited.
Complete lockdown for 14 days in J&K, doorstep testing, vaccination demanded
J&K Unit of Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray has urged upon the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to clamp a complete lockdown for 14 days in J&K along with doorstep testing, vaccination and tracking to break the transmission chain of COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press conference here today, Shiv Sena J&K president, Manish Sahni said that despite the welcome steps like 24/7 control room, availability of medical kit, medicines, oxygen and beds and increasing lockdown, the pandemic is still wreaking havoc.
He said, main reason for COVID spread is ignoring of some basic precautions and there are reports that COVID positive people are moving out for testing and in this way they come in contact with others thereby spreading the pandemic.
“We should not forget that COVID positive people act as super-spreaders,” Sahni said adding that people and the government will have to give more importance to ‘Jaan Hai Toh Jahan Hai’ in letter and spirit.
Shiv Sena Women Wing president, Meenakshi Chhibber; general secretary, Vikas Bakshi and others were also present in the press conference.
COVID-19 news: Admin issues Fresh Guidelines/instructions
JK government on Sunday extended the Corona curfew for a week in 20 districts of the UT. Earlier the curfew was supposed to end at 7 am on Monday i.e 10th of April but now the curfew will remain imposed till 17th May. In between the Samba administration, issued guidelines for the corona curfew. No major change is seen in the order.
Samba Administration has issued guidelines under Section 144 of CRPC 34 of the section, Disaster Management Act and Section 2nd Epidemic Disease Act.
The guidelines issued are –
● All the permissible services in Corona curfew will function from 6 am till 10 am. These services include – medicine shops, testing labs, medical and clinical establishments, cattle feed and fodder, agricultural tools, seeds and pesticide shops, banks, ATMs, cash vans and insurance offices, petrol pumps, LPG agencies, fair price shops and FCI godowns, Wholesalers dealing with essential items, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and FCI mandis.
● There will be no hindrance to the smooth movement of goods and essential supplies, nomads migrating with herds.
● There shall be no restrictions on the inter-state and intra-state movement of essential goods on NH-44 stretch and other routes of Samba.
● All the employees will be only allowed to travel if they’ll be carrying an authorized ID card.
● Local retail grocery shops catering to local residential areas and mohallas, fruits and vegetable shops, milk and dairy shops, meat and chicken shops will be allowed to operate daily between 6 am to 10 am.
● Social Gatherings such as marriages that were earlier 50 have been now restricted to 25 while 20 persons can attend the last rites. For attending marriages invitation cards shall be treated as curfew passes.
Also, the administration has mentioned in the order that anyone found violating the guidelines shall be punishable under the above-mentioned sections.
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