Because the starting of the pandemic, academic establishments have been ordered to shut down, nevertheless, they opened in March this 12 months for the scholars of senior courses.
However with the surge in coronavirus circumstances, even they have been directed to shut.
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Mohamad Yasin, a shopkeeper in Lal Chowk mentioned, “Solely we all know what we face. The enterprise is totally down. No matter little enterprise we have been capable of function has additionally ended as a result of second wave. 50-70 per cent of the enterprise that we relied upon, of promoting faculty baggage has come all the way down to 0.”
Manzoor Ahmad, a shopkeeper who has been within the enterprise for 30-35 years, shared the identical sentiments.
“90 per cent of our enterprise relies on colleges. Out of the 100 %, solely 2-Three per cent of enterprise is functioning. 50 per cent of enterprise in Lal Chowk is of college baggage. Not solely that, there are stationery and college uniform retailers additionally. Plenty of this market relies on academic institutes. We’re incurring lots of losses. We have to care for our households and youngsters additionally,” Ahmad mentioned.
Talking to ANI, Sameer, a scholar, mentioned, “We buy baggage largely for college. Since they’re closed, no one is occupied with shopping for them.”
Bashir Ahmad, Common Secretary Kashmir Merchants and Producers Federation (KTMF) mentioned, “Each market has multiple store that sells faculty baggage. Even the manufacturing of college baggage is large right here. Consequently, even they’re going through losses. Solely when there may be demand right here, will they be capable of manufacture.”
Furthermore, final week, the federal government ordered that markets in Srinagar metropolis, together with La Chowk, ought to open on a rotational foundation. This has added to the issues of these within the enterprise much more.