Friday, December 9

West Bengal: Sweet shops get reprieve in new order

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A fresh order from the chief secretary saying that all sweet shops can remain open beyond the five designated morning and evening hours during the partial lockdown phase left sweet shops happy.
In the morning there was confusion regarding how long they should remain open and whether they should follow the bazaar timings.
Many sweet shops complained of police atrocities this morning as they were forced to down shutters. Many like Sri Krishna Sweets and Ghosh Company owners complained of police excesses this morning.

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You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view resultAfter being alerted by its members, Mishti Udyog, an association of sweet manufacturers in the state wrote to the chief secretary that they will have to keep their shops shut if such atrocities continued. “We pointed out that last time thousands of litres of milk had to be thrown away since sweet shops were closed during the lockdown. Later however, CM Mamata Banerjee’s intervention helped to open up sweet shops. This time she is not there to help us, so we sought the chief secretary’s help,” said Amitabha Dey of Felu Modak, a heritage sweet shop in Hooghly. Dey is the secretary of Mishti Udyog.

A revised circular was issued by the chief secretary this evening, allowing stand alone sweet shops and grocery stores to operate beyond the rationed hours during the partial lockdown.
“We are extremely happy that our problem was immediately considered,” said Dhiman Das, the owner of KC Das and another spokesperson of the Udyog.

It is expected that on Sunday when the election results are announced, sweet shops will get a large number of orders from the winning parties and limited hours would have affected that.

Source: Times of India

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