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Traders urge govt to allow businesses to operate during specified hours

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) President Ahmed Waheed on Monday urged the government to allow businesses to operate during specified timings with precautionary protocols from April 14.

Expressing concern for business activities that were suffering badly because of the pandemic, he said that Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan should allow all sorts of businesses to function and not just the construction industry, adding that the district administration has also allowed some businesses to open if they follow precautionary protocols.

The ICCI president said that workers were idle due to the situation, however, industrialists were providing them with ration and also maintaining their monthly wages on being requested by him.

“However, it would not be possible for industrialists to pay monthly wages without work if the situation persists,” he added.

Further, the ICCI president lamented that banks have not provided businesses with any concession in loan installments and markups while payment of loans have also not been deferred and urged the government to look into this issue.

He also stressed upon the business community to fully abide by the SOPs issued by the government and district administration regarding precautions against coronavirus to ensure safety and protection of their workers and customers during the pandemic.

It may be mentioned here that the ICCI vice presidents have also requested the government to defer utility bills of small traders besides giving them interest free loans of up to Rs0.6 million so that they could revive their businesses.