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DMC relaxes ban on Sunday shopping
Published on 17 Mar. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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DMC, in consultation with the district administration, Tuesday announced relaxation on Sunday closure of shops by exempting specific business activities and shops. An order from DMC chief executive officer, Nikhashe Sema informed that the relaxation which came into force with immediate effect, was taken with a view to facilitate the tourists/travelers and for the conveniences of the public. The order specifically mentioned that the exemption from Sunday closure included only hotels, restaurants, petrol pumps, travel agency counters, pharmacies, dispensaries, ice-cream factories and parlours and PCO. Businessmen plea Expressing “great disappointment” over what was described as “sudden decision” of the district administration for closure of all business activity in Dimapur on Sunday, the Business community of Dimapur has appealed the administration to immediately review the existing order and rectify it in consultation with the business community within March 19 in the best interest of the public. The business community said it has also considered deciding on further course of action on March 19, if the administration failed to review the order. The business community observed that on Sunday, March 14, a large number of people from Dimapur were seen purchasing essential commodities from nearby Lahorijan and Dilai Gate in Assam, thereby wasting the money and revenue of Nagaland outside the state. Dimapur Chamber of Commerce (DCC) president, Kasheto Sema, Nagaland Medicine Dealers’ Association (NMDA) president Ato Yepthomi and Dimapur Business Community (Interim Body) secretary, Basu Damani in a joint statement said that while the district administration exempted pharmacies from closure, it had not given any thought about other equally important essential commodities amenities like hotels, confectionery, fresh vegetable etc. The business community recalled that the same administration had been issuing yearly orders for compulsory opening of entire market on Sundays right from the beginning of Diwali till Christmas and New Year festivals. “This dual attitude of the administration clearly speaks of their confused state of mind without giving any heed to the economic loss of the state and the hardship faced by the people of Dimapur and its dependents,” it added. The business community said that if the authorities had to be adamant on closure of shops on Sundays “neglecting the hardships faced by the people,” then it suggested that at the most it should be applicable from 9 a.m to 12 noon during Church hours.

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