Enough stock in market: DCCI, MCCI

DIMAPUR, MAR 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/22/2020 1:55:29 PM IST

Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) issued separate statements assuring citizens that there was sufficient stock of essential commodities to last (for over 3 months in Dimapur) and therefore urged public to not resort to panic buying and crowding the market and expose oneself and others.

While appreciating the proactive and speedy decision of the state government to safeguard its citizens from Covid-19 pandemic, DCCI president Akashe Zhimomi said it will strictly implement the directives and orders issued by the state government for closure of all shops dealing with non-essential items-- like shopping malls, cinema halls, marketing complexes etc.

However, petrol pumps, medicine, groceries, vegetables and fruits, confectioneries and dine-in kitchens (strictly for take away only) have been exempted.

DCCI has directed all exempted category shops to keep hand sanitizers, water and soap in a prominent place for easy access of shopper, preferably  in front of their shop. Shopkeepers have also been directed to wear masks at all times while dealing with the customers. It also warned the exempted category establishments of severe action if the directives were not followed.

Further, DCCI requested families shopping for essentials to limit to one person to maintain best social distancing in the market.

Extending all out support to the state government and the district administration, DCCI also appealed to the citizens not to fall into rumors and unverified information, but rely only on official statements.

MCCI: Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has also directed all traders under Mokokchung district to comply with the directives of the state government in respect of the COVID-19 pandemic countermeasures. 

As directed by the government, MCCI said all shops and business establishments except pharmacies, fuel refill stations and grocery stores selling food grains, food items, vegetables, bakeries and confectioneries, daily use items and other essential commodities were to remain closed with immediate effect until further notice. 

Moreover, traders are directed to avoid travelling out of the state for the time being. Traders are also advised to adopt hygienic practices while handling banknotes/cash as they are also suspected to be potential carriers of the virus.

MCCI said its members will be monitoring the market and any trader found engaging in unethical business practices, taking advantage of the situation, shall be dealt with befittingly. For queries or grievances, if any, public may contact MCCI-- 9436006062, 9436016099, 9436605461 or 9436006431.

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