India: Siliguri traders upset by extended lockdown

Siliguri is a metropolitan city which spans areas of the Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts in the Indian state of West Bengal. Many traders there, who do business based on some festivals and occasions, are upset over the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns that have severely hit business in the area. They were further upset after the administration decided to go for a total lockdown and extend the same by seven more days.

A group of traders associated with the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries of North Bengal (FOCIN) have also raised questions on the way the ongoing lockdown was being handled by the administration, as they cited examples, including the steep price hike of essential commodities, and alleged black marketing that they claim is rife in Siliguri and its adjoining areas.


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