Karachi Chamber appeals for extended business hours
KARACHI: Businessmen Group chairman Zubair Motiwala and Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) president Shariq Vohra have appealed the Sindh government to have mercy on perturbed small traders, shopkeepers and restaurant businesses who must be allowed to keep their business activities operational throughout the week from Monday to Saturday without any closure on Friday, whereas the business timings must also be extended till 10:00pm, a statement said on Saturday.
Expressing deep concerns over an ongoing sit-in and hunger strike by the shopkeepers and small traders along with the owners of restaurants and marriage halls, Motiwala and Vohra requested Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Minister for Local Government Nasir Hussain Shah, Minister for Information Saeed Ghani and Minister for Industries Jam Ikramullah Khan Dharejo to intervene in the matter and issue directives to ease the curbs on the local businesses in Karachi, otherwise many businesses, who are on the verge of collapse and bankruptcy, would vanish forever.
Millions of people associated with all these businesses would die themselves due to mental torture, hunger, poverty and joblessness instead of dying because of the pandemic, they added.
They said there was a clear disparity going on, as the businesses in Punjab, other parts of the country and even in other cities across Sindh, excluding Karachi and Hyderabad have been allowed to stay operational throughout the week and up to 10:00pm, which has triggered a sense of deprivation among the business community of Karachi and Hyderabad.
They said the associations of commercial markets from across the city have been constantly approaching the KCCI so that the chamber, being the premier and actual representative of the entire business community, could play its role by convincing the Sindh government to allow businesses to keep on operating throughout the week except Sundays.
Meanwhile, they have also assured that all the shopkeepers and their staff have got themselves vaccinated and they were also prepared to fully comply with all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) notified by the government.
Keeping in view the overall situation and grievances suffered by small traders and shopkeepers in an extraordinary situation, Motiwala and Vohra expressed the hope that the Sindh government, which had always played the lead role in efficiently rescuing the public from time-to-time, would provide the desperately needed relief to the local businesses this time, as well as by relaxing the curbs and allowing the businesses to operate from Monday to Saturday up to 10:00pm so that they could be saved from further disaster.
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