The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Jammu on Monday asked the people to avoid online shopping to give a boost to local business to support traders in the region as business has been affected badly due to coronavirus and law and order situation in the UT.
This was stated by Arun Gupta President CCI Jammu while addressing an urgent meeting of Chamber office bearers at Chamber House Jammu. Anil Gupta, Sr. Vice President, Rajeev Gupta, Jr. Vice President, Gaurav Gupta, Secretary General, Rajesh Gupta, Secretary and Rajesh Gupta, Treasurer were also present in the meeting.
Arun Gupta said that to save the business in the Jammu region people should discourage online shopping because this has already dented the interests of shopkeepers and especially during the festive season the online shopping can prove to be deleterious for the traders of the region. He said saving local traders from devastation is also the responsibility of the people of the region therefore it is advisable that people should buy goods from local shops. He said that online shopping is not the alternative to local shops and if the trend will continue the days are not far when local shops will disappear leading to inconvenience to the public and livelihood loss to traders.
Gupta appealed to the people of Jammu in general not to discourage the local venders as it has been observed many times products are much cheaper than the online shopping sites .
Gupta also took up a significant issue of administration harassing the traders on petty issues during peak festive season. He said that government should understand the fact that already businessmen are facing lots of problems due to coronavirus, etc and harassing them in the name of petty rules like showcasing goods outside shops etc is totally unjustified and therefore government should take a considerate view by allowing such minor alterations during the peak of business season.
Gupta said that still the threat of coronavirus is looming large therefore it is advisable that people should follow SOPs invariably without any carelessness. He said that CCI Jammu is standing shoulder to shoulder with the people of Jammu region especially the traders fraternity and assured that the Chamber will continue to serve the people with strong resolve.