STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: “Sensing gravity of the situation due to COVID-19 crisis and taking note of the rising number of infections in Jammu, Sarafa Association Jammu Province joined by Swarnkar Sangh Jammu have decided to impose self-lockdown for one week beginning from May 10 to 16, 2021.
This has been necessitated to help the Government contain the spread of virus and also safeguard lives of Jewellers, their families and staff besides customers who need protection by all means in these testing times”.
This was stated by President Sarafa Association Jammu Province Raman Suri, who said that this important decision was taken in a virtual meeting. He informed that the upcoming days are very important for Jewellers and Swarnkars as festivals like Akshaya Tritiya and Eid are falling next week. “Despite the fact that people make most of their purchases during these days, we have decided not to open shops as saving lives is more important to us than making money”, he added.
Raman Suri said, we all need to show utmost restraint and this decision of imposing the self-lockdown by Sarafa Association Jammu Province and Swarnkar Sangh Jammu is irrespective of what the district administration is planning ahead.
“Considering the present scenario, wehave understood that to avoid crowds in the market, lessen people’s exposure to the virus and to help the medical fraternity by reducing the positive caseload, it’s better not to open shops at all for at least one more week and observe the situation”, said Raman Suri.
He said that Chairman of Swarnkar Sangh Ad-hoc Committee Jammu Kulbhushan Anand and General Secretary Amit Luthra gave their consent, after which the Jewellers Association took a final call and made it public.
He said that as per government orders, all shops and markets were to open this Monday but now the jewellers and Swarnkars will not open markets to help contain the spread of virus.
Office bearers of Swarnkar Sangh of other units like Jammu City, Talab Tillo, Gandhi Nagar-Nanak Nagar, Janipur-Bantalab, Nagrota, etc., he added, also gave their consent and now self-lockdown will be imposedfor one week.
Raman Suri also urged the Administration to gear itself up to meet the challenges ahead and also urgedcommon people to cooperate in fighting pandemic.
He said, though doctors and paramedics are doing their best within the given parameters and resources at their disposal, yet more is required to deal with the situation that is more alarming than it was last year.
Raman urged the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to keep the options of converting Teachers Bhawan and PWD (R&B) Guest House at Gandhi Nagar besides Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) at Residency Road and more such facilities into makeshift hospitals to deal with the situation. He said that in the given situation if we would ever require more beds, then these facilities will be more than enough.