Vohra urges shopkeepers to ensure compliance of SOPs & business timings

KARACHI: President Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) M. Shariq Vohra, after listening to the reservations raised by a delegation from All City Tajir Ittehad (ACTI), assured that KCCI would try its level best to make sure that no injustice is done to any shopkeeper even if the government opts another lockdown or smart lockdown in any market of Karachi to contain further spread of COVID-19 pandemic. “However, the shopkeepers must strictly ensure compliance of SOPs and also the business timings, besides devising effective strategies for social distancing as coronavirus, which is a matter of life and death, has to be taken seriously”, he added, says a Press release.
Exchanging views with ACTI delegation which was led by its President Hammad Poonawala, President KCCI said that KCCI was in constant touch with the government and was closely eyeing numerous strategies being adopted to control coronavirus pandemic. Hence, any issue being faced by small traders/ shopkeepers must be brought to KCCI’s notice so that the same could be immediately taken up with relevant departments and amicably resolved. “KCCI would always advocate those strategies which are devised to not only save precious lives but also ensure minimum losses to business community during the ongoing most difficult and extraordinary situation.”
Senior Vice President KCCI M. Saqib Goodluck, Vice President KCCI Shamsul Islam Khan, Chairman KCCI’s Special Committee for Small Traders Majeed Memon, Chief Police Chamber Liaison Committee Hafeez Aziz, Managing Committee Members, ACTI’s District-wise Presidents and representatives from various commercial markets of Karachi also attended the meeting.
Keeping in view the developing situation and the fears of imposition of another lockdown, President KCCI advised representatives of numerous associations from commercial markets of Karachi to stay calm, improve liaison with KCCI and unite under the Chamber’s platform so that one voice could be raised for getting numerous issues resolved and the likely grievances, if not completely eradicated, could be minimized.
He said, “It is high time that small traders and shopkeepers must change their mindset and start opening their businesses early morning which would certainly minimize the grievances being faced by them at the end of permitted business timings. Shops and markets all over the world open early and close down in the evening which must also be adopted here as our religion also teaches us the same.”
Responding to numerous complaints in which shopkeepers complained about harassment by police and customs officials, he advised that any complaint pertaining to harassment by customs officials must immediately be brought to KCCI’s notice so that the same could be taken up at the higher level. “The higher authorities are usually unaware of such wrongdoings being done by the officers at lower level as it has been observed that all such complaints are instantly resolved when brought to the notice of higher officials.”
“The Karachi Chamber would invite IG Sindh soon so that the harassment-related problems being suffered by small traders could be resolved”, he assured.
President KCCI advised small traders to become KCCI members which was the most vibrant platform for resolving all types of issues including the law & order, customs
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