Retailers Association of India (RAI) on Monday said that the recent guidelines issued by the Home Affairs Ministry on the issue of the weekend and local lockdowns would help remove roadblocks at the local level and will bring some relief for the retail industry.

The retailers’ industry body had earlier raised concerns about the adverse impact of weekend curfews and partial lockdowns being imposed by various state governments.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in its Unlock 4.0 guidelines has said that the ‘State/ UT Governments shall not impose any local lockdown (State/ District/ sub-division/City/ village level), outside the containment zones, without prior consultation with the Central Government’.

In a statement, Kumar Rajagopalan, CEO, Retailers Association of India (RAI), said that RAI had shared its concerns about weekend lockdowns and partial lockdowns imposed by state governments with DPIIT and MHA.

“We appreciate the efforts of MHA and DPIIT for taking

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