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New Delhi, March 29, 2020
Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal today told the industry and trade associations to take care of their employees and workers in this hour of crisis and distress.
Talking to representatives from various manufacturing, industry and trading associations from across the country through video conference, the Minister said the workers could become potential carriers of COVID-19, if allowed to migrate en masse throughout the country during this pandemic.
Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers and Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya, who was also present, stressed on retaining the workers and labourers on the payroll and at the same place. He said that their movement will jeopardize the nationwide lockdown and also affect the early normalization in the post-COVID period.
Goyal exhorted the associations to show the spirit of service and selflessness and participate in protecting the nation and society. The Government was fully committed to support all the sections of the society and is taking relief and confidence-building measures.
He called upon them to spread the message about the steps taken by the Government in containing the menace of COVID-19, with the help of their stakeholders. They should also engage with various society influencers, including the leaders of different religions and faiths, to propagate all preventive measures, like washing of hands, maintaining social distance, and other health precautions.
Responding to the various issues raised in the conference, he said the instructions issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs made it clear that goods movement of any type will not be curtailed in the country. Essential services and activities required to sustain these services will continue, though with abundant precaution and proper social distancing.
He appreciated the initiative of several industries in supporting their employees and workers in distress, and ramping up the capacity of essential commodities, particularly the ventilators, and also some of them using their premises in running community kitchens.
Several issues raised by the associations relating to other ministries and agencies will be expeditiously taken up by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and an early solution found.
Referring to post-COVID scenario raised by certain participants, Goyal expressed the confidence that the country will soon come out of this unprecedented crisis, and in a stronger position. The situation would lead to more “Make in India” and Make in India for the world.
The video conference was held with the associations to assess the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown in the country and get their feedback and suggestions in ameliorating the situation.Ministers of State for Commerce & Industry Hardeep Singh Puri and Som Parkash, Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan and officers of the Department of Commerce and DPIIT were among those present in the meeting.
The associations gave their assessment of the impact of the lockdown and pandemic on their activities and businesses and made a range of suggestions. The meeting was attended by the representatives from CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, PHD Chamber of Commerce, Laghu Udyog Bharati, Eastern Chamber of Commerce, CAIT, South Indian Chamber of Commerce, IMC, NASSCOM, SIAM, IMTMA, IEMA, FISME, IEEMA, ICC.