- CNM Reporter
Merchants Association demands lifting of TPR rule for shop opening.The association says that TPR criteria is unscientific.Shops will be closed on July 6 in protest against the government rule.
Merchants in Kerala under the banner of Kerala Vyapara Ekopana Samithy will observe a strike by closing their shops on July 6 in protest against the state government’s regulations on shops and establishments on the basis of Covid-19 Test Positivity Rate (TPR).
Ekopana Samithy state general secretary Raju Apsara in a news release said that the government was ignoring the demands of merchant community.He pointed out that all other services were opened without much regulations.Transport services,Beverages Corporation outlets.selling liquor are fine example of government’s partiality.
The merchant community had been suffering severe financial crisis since many months.Two of the community members committed suicide.The state government will be responsible for the plight of the merchants in Kerala.
As part of the strike,the merchants would undergo 24 hour fasting in 25,000 centers across the state;he added.
Raju Apsara also demanded rent waiving as shops and establishment remained closed for long time due to Covid-19 lock downs. The government must also implement a package to revive the ailing trade sector,immediately-he said.