Dimapur, April 9: The Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CNCCI) has come out in support of the suggestion put forth by the Department of Health and Family Welfare to relax time for buying essential commodities in order to avoid crowding.
In a press release, the CNCCI opined that by limiting time and regulating to few days a week to buy essential commodities attracts more crowding and therefore defeats the purpose of lockdown from the point of view to maintain social distancing.
The CNCCI also appealed the State Government to open all bakeries having production unit as it is part of essential. It noted that bakeries in Nagaland are only the food processing units and closing them down does not serve any purpose rather it is affecting the food chain.
Acknowledging its confederate – the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) for making all out effort to maintain daily supply of essentials not only for Dimapur in particular but also for the rest of the districts in general, the release said the CNCCI and DCCI has arrived at a decision that no essential commodity will be allowed to be transported to other State designated for Nagaland during the period of lockdown.
It also directed the business community, especially the stockiest and wholesalers, not only to maintain sufficient stock but maintain additional buffer stock over and above normal stock. “If any stockiest and wholesaler is found transporting essential commodity from Dimapur to other state without prior permission from CNCCI and DCCI, they will be dealt strictly and in the event of shortfall they will be held solely responsible,” it cautioned.
The CNCCI assured the public that it is in constant touch with all the district confederates and administration, and, therefore, the public need not worry about the stock of essential commodities in the State as movement of essential commodity are exempted from the purview of lockdown all over India and Nagaland is getting its due share on a regular basis. However, it appealed the public not to indulge in unnecessary stocking of essentials beyond the needs.
The CNCCI further categorically directed the business community that in this time of crisis it is our duty to help and serve the consumers in any manner possible and therefore asked the business community to maintain the price fixed by the administration and not to indulge in hoardings and unethical practices.
Appreciating all the district chamber of commerce (confederates of CNCCI) of Nagaland for raising up to the occasion, the release said the confederates are not only working round the clock to ensure that sufficient essential commodities are available in their respective districts but are assisting the Government, administration and police by lending logistic support in every possible manner, over and above the humanitarian assistance provided to the public across the State.
The CNCCI also commended the Dimapur administration and police for being able to effectively regulate and maintain lockdown despite being the commercial hub of Nagaland taking care for not only Dimapur but for the rest of Nagaland. It thanked the Government of Nagaland for setting up a committee under Kikheto Sema IAS to assist the district administration and police. (Page News Service)