Berhampur, Oct 5 (LocalWire): BJP’s Ganjam district unit on Monday staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) opposing the collection of steep fines by the enforcement team of the civic body from the small traders in the name of the violation of COVID-19 protocol.
When the small traders are struggling to start their business following the relaxation of the lockdown after about six months, their businesses are being robbed by the enforcement teams imposing hefty penalty in the name of the violation of the Covid-19 regulations, said BJP’s district president Bibhuti Jena.
“We support the enforcement to arrest the spread of the coronavirus, but we oppose the steep fine to the small traders in the name of the enforcement,” he said.
Before imposing fine, the traders should be educated about the protocol and the fine should not exceed Rs. 100, he said.
In this regard, the district unit of the BJP submitted a memorandum to the BeMC commissioner.
Kanhu Charan Pati, former president of the district unit of the party warned they would intensify their agitation, if the civic body did not consider their demand.
Pati alleged that in the name of enforcement, the teams were seen destroying the fruit items of the small traders who sell their commodities in pulling carts.
While they have already lost their earnings due to the Covid-19 lockdown and shutdown, they are now facing difficulty to do business fearing enforcement, he alleged.
Sources said at least three enforcement teams –two each team of sub collector office, two from BeMC and another one of tehsil office were engaged to strictly enforce the Covid-19 regulations.
The five point strategies (pancha sutra) for the shop-owners are making double-barricade, social distancing for customers, wearing masks for shopkeepers and customers, hand sanitation and maintaining a register of the visiting customers.