Chandigarh, May 4 – The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked the Congress government to extend the timings for opening of shops and allow all shops to open keeping in view economic concerns while adding that prohibitory orders could be simultaneously issued to avoid crowding.
In a statement here, the former minister said the government should take all necessary steps to ensure there was no over crowding in bazaars but simultaneously it should ensure all shops were allowed to do business in a regulated manner. He also asked the government to go by logic saying ‘farmans should not be issued from the farm house without taking into consideration the economic well being of the people”.
Dr Cheema meanwhile also made out a strong case for waiving off all taxes levied from the transport sector till the Covid situation normalised and the economy limped back to normal. He said it was unfortunate that the transport sector was not offered any relief package by the State government. “However the least the government can do is waive off all taxes for this sector”. Dr Cheema said school buses had been lying idle for more than one year. He said same was the case with autos and taxi operators. He said trucks were functioning partly and were already burdened by increase in diesel rates.
The SAD leader also condemned the Congress government for its ill advised decision to close procurement in market sub yards. He said earlier the government had advised farmers to keep their produce at home because of shortage of gunny bags and tardy lifting. He said the government had now followed this with a directive to close down market sub yards. He said this would only cause further crowding in grain markets at a time when the government was enforcing a partial lockdown in the State.