Karachi: Representatives of the city’s traders’ community on Tuesday urged the Sindh government to offer easy loans to shop owners and small traders who are on the Active Taxpayers List (ATL), according to news sources.
They requested the provincial government to provide monetary assistance for payment of workers’ salaries, amid the lockdown ensued by the COVID-19 pandemic.
President All-City Tajir Itehad (ACTI) Sharjeel Gopalani revealed to the media that he had written to provincial Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah and had asked him to address the traders’ issues. He suggested for the government to give out PKR 100,000 to small traders each month, in a bid to assist them in the payment of workers’ salaries.
In his letter, he also urged the CM to consider reopening shops under strict precautions to sustain the shopkeepers’ livelihood.
Meanwhile, President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Agha Shahab recently announced that the Sindh government is presently drafting standard operating procedures (SOPs) to govern trade and industries so they can resume operations. He also revealed that Siraj Kassam Teli had been communicating the small traders’ grievances periodically, at every meeting of the provincial government.