LAHORE: Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh has appealed to the government to give relaxation to small traders and shopkeepers.
He urged the government to allow 9am to 5pm business in the markets.
Talking to different delegations of traders, the LCCI president said that the government has taken a good step by allowing operations to the export-oriented industries but relief should also be given to the small traders and shopkeepers who are in deep trouble and facing severe financial crunch.
“These people are the backbone of the economy and playing a great role in providing employment and revenue”, the LCCI president said and added that allowing 5am to 9pm working hours would be a great favour that would enable them to face the challenges in the wake of coronavirus.
The LCCI president said that if small traders and shopkeepers are not allowed to open their businesses, they will not be able to stand on their feet for long.
Irfan Iqbal Sheikh informed the delegations the LCCI has already raised the issue at a high level and hope that soon the traders and vendors will get their businesses open with SOPs.
Earlier, the delegations lauded the role of the LCCI for advocating the small traders and shopkeepers. They said that the economic downturn to the small traders is increasing due to prolonged lockdown and now they should be allowed to open their businesses from 9am to 5pm.