Make RT-PCR test mandatory for all incoming tourists: KCCI

Srinagar: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCC&I) on Monday urged authorities to make RT-PCR test mandatory for all incoming tourist either by road or by air to Kashmir Valley even as the traders demanded unlocking shops in keeping with the demand by various shopkeepers associations.

The demand was made during a meeting  called by  Mohammad Aijaz , Chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Development Commissioner, Srinagar  were in all prominent Trade Organizations were invited  for unlocking the markets and to resume the business in Srinagar.

The feedback were given by  various shopkeeper Association and Trade  Associations. President, KCC&I, Sheikh Ashiq   gave thrust that Srinagar being the centre for all activities, markets should be unlocked as suggested by all stake holders and all SOPs  should be followed  by shopkeepers  and  customers to.        resume Tourism in Srinagar  it was stressed that   RT-PCR Test for  all incoming tourist   either by road or by air should be made  mandatory as was done in Ladakh .

It was also suggested that  Restaurants  be opened with 50% capacity so that they  can also run their business, the KCC&I said in a statement issued here.

Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad also  stressed that vaccination programme  should be conducted in full swing  and  the chamber will coordinate  with all Affiliated Associations and give full support to this drive. He also  urged the Government  that small  shop-keepers  who  suf-fered  a lot due to continuous lockdown and  suggested that interest free loan for the next five years, should  be taken up with higher au-thorities so that they can revive their business as the  capital  is va-nished due to  lock down from the last three years.

“Mohammad Aijaz, Chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) assured to the whole business Community that he will take all suggestions to the higher authority and come up with solution to all their queries which will benefit the trade,” the statement added.

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