Pune: The Pune District Retailers Association has asked the state government to allow the shops to operate beyond the current 11:00 deadline.
The association has also sought special financial packages or help for women traders and entrepreneurs who have suffered losses in the last two months.
“Many are involved in the business of food, beauty salons, fashion design, spice production, packaging and many problems. All of them have suffered losses due to the restrictions. We ask the government to provide them with special packages, ”said Sachin Nivangune, president of the association.
Nivangune said the government should also disburse interest-free loans to traders and waive interest on existing loans. The association has also urged the government to put more pressure on the 11am deadline as it would help traders and customers.
Shopkeepers also said they feared being sanctioned by police and civic authorities while making home deliveries after 11am, although it is allowed. “A shopkeeper has to open his shop to pack home delivery orders, but many members are being asked to close their stores. We are asking for cooperation from PMC and police,” Nivangune said.