Pune: On Saturday, The Federation of Trade Association of Pune (FTAP) wrote a letter to Uddhav Thackeray, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar, the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra and the District Administration seeking the State govt. not to impose any lockdown.
The letter noted that the lockdown has already caused a lot of hardship to the businesses, as the state was under lockdown for 116 days from March 17 before reopening. If the lockdown is further imposed from July 13, it will cause more hardship to the businesses as they are already suffering from financial debts, and lockdown is not a solution.
The association, further requested the administration and the govt. to allow the shops to remain open from 10 am to 7 pm through the week, stating that if the traders are not following the rules of having a thermal scan, social distancing and wearing masks, strict action should be taken against them.
Due to a rapid surge in the COVID – 19 cases in PMC and PCMC district, the District Administration, on Friday, announced a strict lockdown for 10 days starting from midnight of July 13 to July 23.