SCCI, authorities agree to remove traders' reservations
PESHAWAR: The Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and the authorities have agreed to form a joint committee to ensure the implementation of Covid-19 SOPs and the removal of reservations of traders’ community in this regard.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between the SCCI delegation led by its President Sherbaz Bilour and the Commissioner Peshawar Amjad Ali Khan here on Friday. The SCCI’s Vice President Junaid Altaf and Secretary General Sajjad Aziz were present in the meeting. According to details, the proposed committee will consist of the members of SCCI, traders’ leaders and officials of the district administration and will meet once after two weeks to review the overall situation.
No one could deny the dangers of the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, said Sherbaz Bilour while speaking on the occasion. He added that the traders’ community had fully adhered with Covid-19 under the prevailing circumstances, however, he asked the district administration to avoid taking action against traders and stop punishing them with heavy fines and sealing of their shops and markets in case of violating the Covid-19 SOPs.
The SCCI’s chief went on to say that the sealing of markets, shops, plazas and business hubs, besides imposition of heavy fines, harassment and arrests of traders on the pretext of violating Covid-19 SOPs, have become major cause of confrontation between the business community and the district administration.
He urged the authorities to treat the traders with dignity as they were ready to fully comply with all the relevant laws, adding that the congenial atmosphere between businessmen and government was essential for boosting up the business and economy.
The Commissioner Peshawar Amjad Ali Khan agreed with the proposals of the SCCI delegation regarding the Covid-19 SOPs and assured that the district administration would not take any step, which would cause disrespect to the business community and no discrimination would be allowed with the traders.