JORHAT, June 4 - Jorhat District Magistrate Roshni A Korati by an order passed on Thursday, modifying an earlier order issued on Monday, allowed opening all shops and market complexes daily up to 8 pm except Sundays.
Korati stated that after discussions with the Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami, who is also the Jorhat MLA, and Upper Assam Chamber of (UACC), the decision to allow opening of all shops six days in a week till 8 pm was taken.
It may be mentioned here that Korati in an order passed on Monday had directed the shopkeepers in the fifth lockdown period to continue with opening three days in a week fixed by the administration during the fourth lockdown period.
The UACC, a Jorhat-based leading organisation and one of the oldest bodies of traders and businessmen of the region, on Tuesday expressed concern over Monday�s order of the District Magistrate not allowing to open shops six days in a week as has been granted in other districts, and in a memorandum to the District Magistrate on Tuesday, urged her to reconsider her decision.
The UACC pointed out that the shopkeepers incurred huge commercial losses due to the successive lockdowns.
The District Magistrate in her order passed on Thursday, stated that though all shops and market complexes will be allowed to operate till 8 pm six days in a week the daily/weekly hut/bazaars will remain closed until further order.
The order further stated that social distancing, wearing of masks, following hygiene practices and all other instructions related to COVID-19 pandemic situation will have to be strictly adhered to.