On Monday, the first day of the lifting of the Covid-19 lockdown, factories in most states did not resume operations, some decided to lift the strict lockdown until the third day of the Covid-19 lockdown. The companies claimed that the conditions for reopening were too strict.
Some economists expressed the hope that the relaxation of restrictions would lead to an activity that represents 45 percent of the economy, but according to state reports there has only been a slight improvement in economic activity, at least on the first day.
The Ministry of the Interior allowed this in a resolution adopted on the 15th. The directive issued by the government on 14 April provides for the reopening of factories in rural areas, special economic zones, industrial clusters and settlements in Nekovidi hotspots from the 20th century onwards. April. It requires them to maintain standards of social distance within the workplace and to take measures for the safe transport of workers or for their temporary departure to the place of employment.
Member State governments are obliged to issue directives for companies and businesses.
Even when companies try to organize their workforce, some states announce a new policy on Monday.
For example, the Haryana state government has decided that industries and companies may employ up to 1 000 workers per rural district and 2 000 workers per local authority. Until Sunday, the rule was that all units were allowed to work in non-hidden areas with a maximum of 50% of the staff.
Licences will initially be issued by designated licensing committees (so that workers can work under the new border), said a senior government official from Haryana, who asked not to be appointed. However, these conditions do not apply to workers working on construction sites.
In Punjab’s largest industrial cluster, Ludhiana, about 99% of the 95,000 units will remain closed on Monday, after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh decided to end the hard insulation until the 3rd quarter of 2009. Can go on. The officials stated that the decision to withdraw the licence granted to the industry had been taken after review by the Cabinet of Ministers.
The chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK), Apkar Ahuja, said there is no advantage in opening up a particular sector until the whole supply chain has been approved.
On Sunday evening, Telangana announced that the industry would not relax and that the complete blockade would be lifted by March 7. Last May.
Tamil Nadu, who had reported 16 deaths and 1,477 positive cases of the coronavirus by noon on Monday, announced that the full blockade would be completed by the 3rd day of the month. It’s gonna take May. The basic and other services, as already authorized, will continue to be provided. Depending on the situation, the relevant decisions will be issued on the basis of the committee’s recommendations when the spread of the virus is restricted, according to a government statement.
In India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh, the reaction has been hesitant because the industry in large clusters such as Kanpur, Lucknow, Moradabad, Bareli and Varanasi does not open up when they fall into the red zones. Elsewhere, industry leaders have expressed concerns about severe restrictions, including the entry and retention of local workers and the closure of factories that fail to meet factory orders and bookings, should an employee respond positively to the Covid 19 test.
UP has enabled 11 industries, including cement, textiles and paper, to resume production on Monday with 50% of the workforce and under strict hygienic and social conditions.
The government has set such strict conditions that we can’t walk. No manufacturer wants to be sued if a positive case of coronavirus is reported in their units, said Pankaj Kumar, national president of the Indian Industrialists Association. He said that, with the exception of those in the essential goods category, no other units have resumed production on Monday.
The situation in Gujarat was better: A government statement indicated that nearly 4,000 units, including ceramic units in Morbi, technical units in Raikot and Kucha, chemical units in Ankleshwar and car units in Sananda, have resumed operations.
In neighbouring Rajasthan, most of the units, including those that made the famous Macran stone, have not yet gone to work.
I estimate that about 5 percent of units are in industrial areas and 20 percent are in rural areas, said Suresh Agarwal, president of the Rajasthan Federation of Commerce and Industry (FORTI). The guidelines don’t work for us, especially when it comes to putting workers on the factory site, he said.
West Bengal jute factories, the key to providing packaging bags for domestically purchased wheat, will not resume operations until Monday with the approval of the state government, the company said. Government officials did not answer questions that required comment.
In Uttarakhand, the Government received only 500 of the 65,000 requests for resumption of work from the age of 21. April. In Maharashtra, where there are approximately 450 000 companies, only 300 applications were received. Maharashtra has set up an online system for obtaining a work permit for the industry.