Business Bureau :
In response to the clarion call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to observe ‘Janta Curfew’ on March 22, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) while extending full support to the call declared today that more than 7 crore traders across the country will keep their business establishments closed and will participate in the event. Nearly 40 crore employees of the traders will also confined themselves to their homes. Over 40 thousand business organisations all over the country have been roped in by the CAIT to participate in the ‘Janta Curfew’.
While Traders organisations from states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh will observe Janta Curfew, the traders from far-flung areas like North East, Jammu Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Pondicherry will also enthusiastically participate in it by closing businesses. B C Bhartia, National President and Praveen Khandelwal, Secretary General of the CAIT, informed through a press release that the unique initiative of the Prime Minister is a national exercise not to convert the threat of corona virus to community transmission, which is very important. Beside traders, the CAIT has also talked to premier organisations of other retail sectors like transport, small scale industries, hawkers, self employed groups, women entrepreneurs etc. to participate in the ‘Janta Curfew’ by closing down their business establishments.
Bharati and Khandelwal said that it will be for the first time in the country that closure of markets have been decided just on Whatsap message. Soon after the announcement made by the Prime Minister, the CAIT sent a Whatsap message to about 300 prominent trade leaders across the country eliciting their opinion who in turn asked their respective members about joining the ‘Janta Curfew’ and till late night the trade leaders conveyed their participation and on Friday morning the CAIT declared the closure of business establishments all over the country on March 22. This step of the traders will help the Government combating community transmission of corona virus in an effective manner.
Bhartia and Khandelwal also informed that at present, adequate supply of goods is available in the country, but in many parts of the country people have started panic buying and if it is not stopped, then the supply chain will soon be in state of shortage of material. Keeping this in mind, the CAIT has sent an advisory to traders across the country that if any person exceeds purchase more than the normal requirement, the trader in a cordial manner should motive the said consumer to buy goods in accordance with his normal requirement Khandelwal said that the call of the Prime Minister, more than 15 lakh small and big traders from Delhi will close their business and join the public curfew, while their 30 lakh employees will stay in their homes. Generally wholesale markets in Delhi are closed on Sundays but all retail markets of Delhi open on Sundays but March 22, all retail markets will also remain completely closed. Prominent among them are Karol Bagh, Kamla Nagar, Model Town, Azadpur, South Extension, Greater Kailash, Rohini, Shalimar Bagh, Pitampura, Rajouri Garden, Uttam Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Janakpuri, Patel Nagar, Kalkaji, Green Park, Khan Market, Tughla Habad, Vikas Marg, Preet Vihar, Laxmi Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Shahdara, Loni Road, Narela, Bawana, Azadpur, etc.