New Delhi: India’s retail trade lost business of around Rs 9 lakh crore during the past 60 days of the nationwide lockdown, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said. Also Read - Vivo Lets You Buy Phones Offline From 20,000 Retailers From Home

In a statement, the traders’ body also said that in the past week since the restrictions were eased on Monday, only about 5 per cent of the business could take place and 8 per cent of the workforce were able to resume. Also Read - Home Delivery Should be Allowed For All Types of Retailers: RAI

It further said that the loss of business also resulted in a revenue loss of about Rs 1.5 lakh crore to both Central and state governments on account of GST. Also Read - Lockdown Effect: Retail Inflation Eases to 1% in March, Lowest in Four Months

“The traders across the country are facing acute financial crunch and in absence of any policy support from the government are most worried about future of their business,” it said.

About 5 lakh outstation traders used to come Delhi to procure goods from wholesale markets of Delhi but due to non-availability of transport, the wholesale markets in Delhi remained deserted in last one week, said the statement.

The shortage of labour, non-availability of transport and negligible footfall of customers is leading to acute financial crunch for traders and may also kill the retail trade of the country involving nearly seven crore traders providing employment to 40 crore people and generating an annual turnover of about Rs 50 lakh crore.

“The crisis has further deepened because of utter neglect of traders both by Central and state governments in matter of hand-holding,” it said.