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JAMMU: Taking one more step for the welfare of traders and the society as a whole, Traders Federation Ware House-Nehru Market Jammu and Kanak Mandi Traders Association on Thursday has jointly decided to observe voluntary weekend lockdown from April 24, 21 for one month.The decision in this regard was taken in a meeting in the federation office warehouse held under the presidentship of Deepak Gupta.The meeting was attended by Munish Mahajan, Sr. Vice President, Abhimanyu Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Sham Lal Langer, General Secretary, Vishal Gupta, Secretary, Amit Gupta, Cashier, Anoop Mittal, President Kanak Mandi Traders Association, Rajesh Bhagotra, President Sugar Association, Rattan Lal Mahajan & Rajesh Gupta, former President of Federation, Kirti Gupta, President Dal Merchant Association, Ajay Gupta, President Potato-Onion Association, Sham Lal Gupta former Sr. Vice President of federation, Anil Gupta, former General Secretary of Federation Om Parkash, President Karyana Association, Yashpal Gupta, President Retailers Federation Jammu, Bishan Dass Gupta, President Rice Association and other senior members of the Federation.It was unanimously decided that to help the administration in controlling this deadly pandemic, all shops in Ware House-Nehru Market and adjoining markets will observe weekend lockdown from coming Saturday for next four weeks.All shops will remain closed on every Saturday-Sunday during this period. While in Kanak mandi, only shops dealing with essential commodities will remain closed on Saturday-Sunday while other shops will open as per Govt Guidelines.Addressing the meeting, Deepak Gupta said that a day after the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha appealed to Market Associations to voluntarily stagger schedules to reduce crowds, Traders Federation Ware House-Nehru Market Jammu curtailed its market’s working hours from 9 am to 6 pm.He said that the government has ordered that only 50% shops shall be open on alternate basis through a rotation system. Although Ware house allowed to open the whole week because this market deals with essential supply but being a responsible Federation we have decided to observe self weekend lockdown from coming Saturday for four weeks.Gupta said that it was also decided in the meeting that no customer will be allowed in the warehouse-nehru market without a face mask and every shopkeeper and their employees will strictly follow the guidelines issued by the administration on covid-19.“As our Union Territory is witnessing a surge in the number of COVID cases, the threat it poses to our members, staff, families and society as a whole ,it has been decided to keep our premises/establishments closed on Saturday & Sunday from April 24, 21. it would mean a break of 60 hrs from exposure every week thus decreasing the viral load”, he maintained.Gupta assured that there will be no shortage of essential commodities during this period because the market has enough stock.Earlier in the morning a free mask and soap distribution camp was organised by the federation with the help of Indian Red Cross society where Deepak Gupta and Vinod Malhotra, Secretary Indian Red Cross Society, Jammu Region along with other office bearers of federation distributed masks and soaps amongst the employees and labour of Mandi.
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