Sanawad (Khargone district, Madhya Pradesh): Barwah MLA Sachin Birla has written a letter to district collector Anugraha P demanding to limit the lockdown and to give relaxation in restrictions. He also raised the question as to why MLAs were not included in the meeting of District Disaster Management Committee. He said MLAs too should be included in meetings so that the opinion of the citizens can be considered.
In the letter, he stated that poor sections of society suffer most during lockdown and suggested that lockdown should be observed after 12 noon so people may finish general work. “The rural areas are not affected by COvid-19 so they should be exempted from lockdown. Gangaur is a major festival of the rural people, so rural areas should be freed from lockdown,” he asserted.
Birla said that the traders are irked due to lockdown as they want shops to remain open on Gangaur. “They are moving towards bankruptcy due to lockdown and have threatened to go on an agitation. So, consider their demands,” he added.
Birla suggested said that number of guests should not be limited to 50 in weddings. He said corona infection has stopped in Barwah area and therefore it should be exempted.
Withdraw lockdown: Business organisations
All the business organisations of Sanawad have opposed the seven-day lockdown. A delegation of trade organisations submitted a memorandum to the district collector on Saturday demanding the withdrawal of lockdown.
Textile merchant Sanjay Rathod read the memorandum. The memorandum stated that when the business activities are going on uninterrupted throughout the country and the state, the imposition of a seven-day lockdown in Khargone district is inappropriate. Due to this, small traders will face a livelihood crisis. Traders will go on an agitation if lockdown is not withdrawn.