Retailers’ association urges Maharashtra government to open malls, shopping centers

New Delhi: The Retailers Association of India (RAI) on Wednesday said that nearly two lakh jobs have been affected in Maharashtra due to the prolonged closure of malls due to COVID-19 and urged the state government to allow them to operate with necessary safety measures. be given.

RAI said in a statement that the restrictions have put the entire environment at “grave danger” and are harming not only the businesses but also the livelihoods of the people working there.

RAI said, “About 50 malls have been affected in Maharashtra due to the prolonged shutdown, which employs over two lakh people, generates a turnover of Rs 40,000 crore and pays Rs 4,000 crore as GST.

RAI further said, “This has affected all the businesses associated with the mall. An average of 200 retail stores operate in a mall and more than 5,000 business entities are associated with them as suppliers and sellers. Resumption of malls will help in saving their existence.

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