The closure of marriage halls is not only a huge blow to the industry but also the employment of millions of people. The government should immediately allow marriage halls to operate under SOPs. These views were expressed by Lahore Chamber President Mian Tariq Misbah while talking to a delegation led by Junaid Ahmed Zia, Convener, Lahore Chamber Standing Committee on Catering and Marriage Halls Association.
Lahore Chamber Senior Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan also addressed the gathering. Mian Tariq Misbah said that marriage halls are not only a major source of tax revenue but also directly and indirectly employ millions of people. He said that more than 50 industries including poultry, rice, meat, cooking oil, flour, fruits, vegetables, crockery, apparel, cosmetics, furniture and jewelery are associated with marriage halls, if the closure decision is not withdrawn Will suffer heavy losses.
He said that 20% of the revenue from food industry in Punjab is related to the operation of marriage halls while marriage halls also have a significant share in GDP. The government should reconsider the decision to close marriage halls. Otherwise, the economy as a whole will suffer huge losses. He said that the long lockdown has already badly affected the marriage halls sector and the government should take steps to revive the marriage halls by allowing them to operate.
He said that marriage halls strictly implement all SOPs and hoped that the government would immediately reverse the decision to close them in the interest of economy and wider interest of marriage halls. Former Senior Vice President Lahore Chamber Ali Hussam Asghar, Vice President Mian Zahid Javed Ahmed and Executive Committee Member Mardan Ali Zaidi were also present on the occasion.
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