Learn the art of living with Covid-19 pandemic: Nitin Gadkari to retailers

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Nitin Gadkari said that some proposals are under
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday advised retailers to learn the "art of living" with the coronavirus pandemic while assuring them of looking into their demands for MSME status.

The minister also assured the retailers to look into their demands of financial aid from the government, which he would put forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, news agency PTI reported.

He also said that some proposals are under"serious consideration" by the government and asked the retail industry to have a positive outlook.

We would have to develop a way forward to live with coronavirus, said Gadkari in a virtual meeting with the Retailers Association of India (RAI).

He also assured RAI and Practicing Engineers, Architects and Town Planners Association (India) that their request for registering as MSMEs will be examined expeditiously.

These people (retailers) also provide employment to some people and if they get recognition as MSME, then people working under them would get benefits under Atal Pension Yojana, health insurance and others.

They would also have a Jan Dhan Yojana account. They would benefit from schemes for the social sector. Moreover, several women work with them, the minister said.

According to him, several small retailers have already got permission to open their shops and soon large retailers would also get permission from the state governments.

According to the minister, the present situation is also a blessing in disguise and an opportunity to upgrade the expertise of the retail industry and suggested them to optimise their cost.

He also suggested the retailers to learn art of living with coronavirus and said that retailers' patience in the sector is getting exhausted.

Gadkari also stressed that the retailer would have to develop a procedure against coronavirus to sanitise the hands of customers and employees and maintain social distance by marking steps in the retail shops.

Fight against corona would take time but decisions regarding stores are expected, he said adding gradually we would have to start daily needs, (otherwise) survival of the poor would be difficult.

However, he also said that state governments and the Centre are also facing problems as there is severe drop in revenue.

Banks are also facing pressure. Our work is to take all stakeholders along with us. Our effort would be that no one slips from this pandemic, Gadkari added.

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