GUWAHATI, May 5 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday held a meeting with the district presidents of the Assam Chamber of Commerce through video conferencing at his conference hall at Janata Bhawan and appreciated the role played by the State trader community during the difficult period created by COVID-19 pandemic.
Stating that on the strength of the help and cooperation extended by all sections of society Assam has gone past two phases under lockdown relatively successfully, Sonowal said that though certain businesses and economic activities have been provided exemptions in the third phase, people from all walks of life must stay alert against the deadly virus as the battle is far from over.
Reassuring the trader community that the State government is fully aware of the heavy losses that the business community of the State has been incurring due to the lockdown, Sonowal urged them to stay motivated during these tough times.
Responding to a few requests made by the participants at the meeting, such as rescheduling of daily curfew timings from 7 pm to 6 am, appealing to the commercial building owners to exempt or reduce rents, specially for restaurants, etc, Sonowal said that the government would consider their grievances with empathy. He urged the traders to have patience till the situation returns to normal.
Innovative thinking to unleash latent potential was also the need of the hour, he opined.