In view of the Rakshabandhan festival, the State Government discontinued the weekend lockdown in four districts including Dehradun and allowed the operation of businesses like sweet shops and stores selling Rakhis. A day before Rakshabandhan, the sweet shops did brisk business after months even though they did not sell as much as they used to in the pre-Covid period.
According to a sweet shop owner Narayana Dutt Sharma, the business did quite well on Saturday and Sunday than other days but it was nowhere near the business he registered every year. “We sell about 350 kilogrammes to 400 kilogrammes of sweets every year the day before Rakshabandhan but this time, we sold only about 200 kilogrammes in the last three days. People are not too eager to buy sweets that cost Rs 500 to Rs 1000 per kilogramme. People are buying cheaper sweets like Barfi or Peda and those who are purchasing the expensive ones are buying only half kilogramme of these sweets,” said Sharma. However, many said that the business of sweets has been down for weeks now but the festival provided them with some decent income. “We were selling about 10 kilogrammes to 15 kilogrammes of sweets on other days but we have sold about 160 kilogrammes of sweets on Sunday.
Of course, we have sold more than thrice this quantity before the pandemic but considering the financial crisis everyone went through these last few months, we cannot complain,” said a local confectioner, Narayan Singh. Most of the sweet shop workers were wearing gloves while packing the sweets and no one was allowed in the shops without a face mask and sanitising their hands while keeping the safe distance among everyone present nearby. Meanwhile, the sale of Rakhis remained low on Sunday too. According to the Rakhi sellers, most of the people had already bought the Rakhis on weekdays thinking that it could have been a lockdown weekend. Some also said that the business of Rakhi dipped by about 70 per cent this year causing small shopkeepers and street vendors to bear heavy losses.
Monday, 03 August 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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