Provincial Industries and Trade Minister Mian Aslam Iqabl meets with representatives of traders delegation at Civil Secretariat in which he was apprised about the problems being created in the wake of lockdown and difficulties being faced by them. They also intimated that businesses are getting affected owing to lockdown and government should grant them permission to open their shops for a limited period of time.
They also proposed that markets can be opened for a limited period of time by installing disinfection gates and container washrooms. Aslam Iqbal while talking with them admitted that undoubtedly business community and workers are going through difficult conditions due to lock down but the government has been compelled to impose lockdown in order to protect lives and properties of the masses. He assured them to talk with the federal government with regard to opening shops for a specific period of time.
The proposal to provide up to Rs. 5 lac interest free loans to small traders was also reviewed during the meeting. Traders community put forth their proposal that services of corona tiger force can be utilized for imparting awareness to the masses in markets. They further proposed that after laying down SOPs, business activities can continue for a fixed period of time.
The Minister assured that PTI government is standing by daily wagers and labourers. He regretted that few professionals are distorting the image of citizens by holding gatherings to accumulate food items. He further maintained that he is fully aware about their problems, difficulties and their issues will be resolved on priority basis.