The curve of Covid infection has flattened in the state. Reviewing the situation Chhattisgarh government, has also announced unlocking of the state from the month end.
People enthusiastically welcomed the step, but the scar left by the Covid 19 and enforced lockdown from April 9, has debilitating impact on every sector of the state including commerce, business and industries of the state. Revenue collection reported slumped down and SMEs are the worst hit.
Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce (CCC) has planned to demand compensation packages from the government to bear the loss.
President of CCC Amar Parwani told FPJ, Small and Medium size Enterprises of Chhattisgarh suffered badly in the lockdown. We suffered a loss of Rs 350 crores per day, Parwani said.
Majority of our industries were shut down, shops, restaurants, malls etc. were shut down, we suffered a major loss. Thus, we are planning to meet the government and ask for help, he added.
Bhavesh Dubey, member of Bus Owner Federation of Chhattisgarh informed, in the lockdown out of 10000 buses only one percent of buses were running on roads. We are in debt and not in a situation to run our buses if taxed. Thus, apart from complete tax exemption for this year we demanded from the government a 40 percent hike in bus fares, Dubey added.
President of Raipur Wholesale Vegetable Association Shrinu said, in normal days we used to sell vegetables of Rs 40-45 lakh, now the business has been stalled to Rs 15-20 lakh per day only.
President of FICCI Chhattisgarh Pradip Tandon said, big industries which were operational during the lockdown have suffered less. We have previous orders to fulfill hence we suffered less.
However, despite Chhattisgarh continuously supplying enough oxygen to other states, a new order from the central government that all the oxygen produced by steel plants must be exported, had created some difficulties in operations, Tandon added.
On these demands, GST Minister TS Singh Deo said, at the time of epidemic, priority is not to compensate business houses. First off, all our priority is to support the common man and the men sitting at the last ladder of the society. If their purchasing power is restored, recovery in other sectors also gets momentum, he added.