Gangtok, 23 Jul:
A section of Sikkim BihariJagaranManch [SBJM] has expressed that the recent notification of the State Government with regard to criteria for obtaining new trade license was historic and significant for the business community of the State. As per the notification, a biological son and daughter of a father, who does not possess Sikkim Subject Certificate or Certification of Identification or Residential Certificate but has a valid trade licence, are also entitled to obtain new trade licence.
Addressing a press conference here today, SBJM executive member, Birendra Prasad, has extended gratitude to the State Government on behalf of the entire business community for issuing such important notification.
However, he mentioned that due to shutting down of shops by the administration in rural parts to curb the sub-letting of license, many old businessmen of these areas have been facing problems at present. He added that these families have been running their business in these areas since more than 35 years.
“We are aware of the problem of influx in the State but at the same time we are also concerned for these businessmen who have been working since many years. So we would like to request the government to come up with some amicable way out for these genuine businessmen,” Mr Prasad expressed.
He further requested the government to also provide old age pension to elderly people of the business community.