The Maharashtra Government’s ruling in favour of a state lockdown starting from April 5, 2021, to April 30, 2021, under the ‘break the chain’ campaign, has agitated not only the traders, hoteliers, retailers but also the salon and beauty parlour community.
Unlike some other industries that have managed to stay in business, the salon and beauty parlour industry is barely making ends meet, and the further lockdown till April 30 is not acceptable to the community as it will only add to their plight.
Uday Takke, in his capacity of being the Secretary, Maharashtra Hair & Beauty Association; Advisor, Salon and Beauty Parlour Association; Vice President, All India Hair and Beauty Association; and Co-ordinator, Rashtriya Nabhik Maha Mandal, reached out to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. In his statements, Takke has expressed, “With the announcement of the second lockdown, our fight with the government has begun again. There is a lot of confusion related to this lockdown amongst the community as earlier it was supposed to be a weekend lockdown, and despite Saturday-Sunday being our busiest day, we agreed to support it. But later we were told it is a full lockdown till April 30 and this is something we will strongly protest against.” He further added, “We approached Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar and state Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar with our request to help revoke the lockdown and they have assured us they will put up our case in the chief minister’s office. The government has to consider that this community cannot take any more business lockdown as it is a hand to mouth condition.”
The association would like to plea to the Maharashtra Government to treat the salon workers as frontline workers and start vaccinations for them on priority. Also, the state government should provide financial aid to salon and beauty parlour professionals so that they can take care of their family and manage their day-to-day expenses.
As quoted by a leading daily, Dattatraya Anarse, President, Nambhik Samaj, Maharashtra has reported said that the salon and beauty parlour community is still ready to observe a complete lockdown on weekends, however, they should be allowed to be operational from Monday to Friday between 7.00 AM to 8.00 PM. Also akin to the last lockdown, there are chances that the suicide cases amongst the community will be higher as compared to 2020.”
To share more updates, Uday Takke will be joining Professional Beauty India live on Instagram (@probeautyindia) on Tuesday, April 13, as part of the “Tuesday Sundowner” series on April 13 from 07.00-08.00 pm. Do join in live with your questions!
Text by PRIYANKA PARSHURAMI