Sweets shops reopen after lockdown relaxations

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Sweets shops reopen after lockdown relaxations

Saturday, 23 May 2020 | PNS | Ranchi

Sweets lovers can now enjoy the delicacies. The Jharkhand government keeping in mind the sweet-tooth of people and at the same time giving life to hotel/restaurant industry has decided to reopen hotels and restaurants. The Ranchi district administration in this connection on Monday, issued fresh directives.

Hotels and restaurants in State Capital can reopen but only home delivery has to be made. SDM Lokesh Mishra said, “Sweets shop, hotels and restaurants can function but only home delivery is allowed. The shopkeeper has to ensure that there is no such arrangement for sitting and dinning.” Mishra said that the rule is applicable to all shops big and small.

As the district administration has allowed opening up of shops, hotels and restaurants these units don’t have to take permission from district administration. The reopening of sweets shop, hotels and restaurants can give life to hotel industry as due to strict lockdown these units were closed for more than 60 days. Jagan Ghosh who runs a hotel at Ratu Road said, “As per district administration directive now we can open our shops. We are thankful that district administration has given relaxations to hotel industries.”

Ghosh also said for last 60 days our business was shut and we were facing difficulties in even giving salaries to our staff. The reopening of hotels and restaurants is an indication that all other economic activities in state capital can resume soon. Earlier, the Jharkhand government has permitted industrial units to resume operations, opening of retail liquor stores, books & stationary items shops, electrical appliances, construction materials such as hardware, sanitary ware and others in non-containment zones in the fourth phase of the coronavirus lockdown.

At the same time the Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce & Industries (FJCCI) has demanded for reopening of shops and business activities on sector wise. FJCCI president Kunal Ajmani said economic activities which include industries, shops and others units must be categorized in sector wise and these units must be open on odd and even basis. The FJCCI has even submitted a proposal to Chief Minister in this connection.

Meanwhile in another development the Ranchi district administration has decided to check dormant and duplicate ration cards. In this connection on Friday, a meeting was held headed by Deputy Development Commissioner (DDC) Ananya Mittal and being attended by other senior officers at DC office. The DDC directed his officers for cancellation of dormant ration and duplicate cards after verification in each block.

In the meeting, the Deputy Development Commissioner said that the number of beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act in Ranchi district is already determined by the Government of India and this number cannot be increased. Therefore, to provide ration cards to poor and eligible beneficiaries, it is necessary to remove duplicate and dormant ration card beneficiaries from the list in the district.

A total of 89479 applications for new ration cards are pending at Ranchi district while there are 42684 ration card holders with suspected duplicate UIDs as beneficiaries. Also, there 5050 are ration cards in which no lifting of food grains has been done in last 6 months.

Also, Satsang Vihar Ranchi a unit of Satsang Vihar Deoghar donated Rs1.15 lakh in CM relief fund in fight against Covid 19. Satsang Vihar Ranchi representative R.S. Paan gave the cheque to Ranchi DC Rai Mahimapat Ray.

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