Exporters on Wednesday again asked the government to let industry reopen even in the high-risk red zones, stating that losses are rising rapidly.
In a meeting with Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, major export promotion councils (EPCs) have pushed for the industrial units and office facilities across urban areas which are mostly in the coronavirus-hit red zone. This includes Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Indore, Kanpur, Agra, and Varanasi, among others.
“While factories in rural districts where the coronavirus is less prevalent can now open, it is not possible to keep business running, since the red zones often have the most important units or corporate offices. These are where records, documents, server systems and distribution points are based. It is impossible for an organization to operate with it’s key parts missing,” said.a senior functionary of an EPC.
“We have now asked the government to allow partial relaxation of lockdown with whatever conditions they can — reduced staff, fixed working hours, more sanitation norms. Industry needs to fully open soon,” another source said.
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