INDIA Cases - 198,370, Deaths - 5,608
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India is planning to restart some manufacturing after April 15 and Central Govt has laid down the roadmap. As nationwide lockdown in India is ending on April 14, and states have given go ahead for extension, Modi Govt to help offset the economic damage caused due to nationwide coronavirus lockdown, government sources said. Central Government in India is planning to relieve some industries, sectors and other essential functionaries including Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fertilizer and Food & beverages. Alongside of extending the lockdown, Indian government has also prepared blue print of some industries specially MSMEs to start manufacturing maintaining guidelines rolled out.
The 21-day lockdown of India's more than 1.3 billion people is going to end on April 14, but the government is widely expected to extend it until the end of the April month, with the number of coronavirus cases rising to 9,152, and the domestic death toll reaching 308 till Sunday.
Sources said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed some ministries to come up with plans to open up some crucial industries as the livelihoods of the poor were being hit. Ministries and state governments would soon submit plans on allowing partial resumptions in some sectors, source added. Keeping in mind the India's economy which is expected to take a severe hit amid the lockdown, and to left unemployment to record levels, may pull some industries from manufacturing sector & others amid extended lockdown, Reuters said.
As per sources the Indian Government has considered and going to allow the resumption of some operations under guidelines that were being laid down. The industries ministry has recommended restarting some manufacturing in the autos, textiles, defence, electronics and other sectors.
Optional Fibre Cable, Compressor and Condenser, Steel and Farous alloy mills, Paper mills, Fertilizers, Plastic, Vehicle manufacturing units, Ornaments, Powerloom and Paint among manufacturing units.
Transformer and Circuit Vehicles, Telecom equipment and Components, Food and beverage industries.
The ministry said in the letter, addressed to the home ministry, that this could be achieved via reduced shifts with lower staff numbers to ensure social distancing. ‘We believe some industries could be allowed with reasonable safeguards as long as social distancing norms are maintained, source added.
However the Central Government is likely to take a final call on the recommendations this week.