Tuesday 14 April 2020

Central Government issued certain Instructions relating some relaxations during LOCK DOWN

Central Government issued certain Instructions relating some relaxations  during LOCK DOWN

1. Industries which shall be allowed to operate must ensure the following:  
      i) Single entry points for workers  
      ii) Sufficient space for ensuring social distancing  
      iii) Use of separate transport for ferrying workers or make stay    arrangements in factory premises  
      iv) High quality regular sanitization of the premises 
      v) State and District authorities, while allowing these new activities, should ensure strict observance of these conditions.   

2. Free movement of all vehicles and manpower required for continuing the activities permitted so far under various MHA notifications needs to be allowed by all government authorities concerned with movement of man and material.  We are facing a lot of problems on this and very clear reiteration of the MHA stand to allow free movement of vehicles and manpower in these sectors needs to be done.  

3. Big companies with proper sanitation and distancing norms in place in sectors such as textiles, automobiles and electronic manufacturing (20% to 25% capacity in single shift may be considered to start with).  

4. Those companies / MSMEs with export commitments need to be allowed to operate with minimal manpower and necessary movement of material as a new entity.  While granting passes, the concerned authorities may check details of the export commitments and allow accordingly.  

5. Further, following industries may be permitted to start with minimum manpower and proper sanitation and distancing norms/safeguards on a single shift basis:  

      a) Heavy electrical items like Transformers and Circuit Vehicles 
      b) Telecom equipment and components including Optic Fiber Cable 
      c) Compressor and Condenser units 
      d) Steel and Ferrous Alloy mills 
      e) Spinning and Ginning mills, power looms 
      f) Defence and defence ancillary units 
      g) Cement plants (Cement production is a continuous process and runs in three shifts.  These can also be allowed while keeping in mind the safety, sanitation and distancing norms) 
      h) Pulp and paper units (production can be resumed in clusters where  COVID19 cases are low based on the data by the State authorities. 
      i) Fertilizer plants 
      j) Paints and dyes manufacturing 
      k) All types of food and beverages 
      l) Seeds processing units 
      m) Plastic manufacturing units 
      n) Automotive units 
      o) Gems and Jewellery sector units (big and organized) 
      p) All units in SEZs and EOUs (Development Commissioners will be given responsibility of ensuring sanitation and distancing norms/safeguards)  

    In all the above cases, district authorities to monitor and ensure that those sectors which are allowed exemption from lockdown need to adhere to safety, sanitation and distancing norms.  

6. Industries of the nature of continuous production like steel, power and mining etc. are already exempted under lockdown as per MHA Guidelines and should continue to be allowed.  

7. Shifts may be so operated that it does not lead to crowding during beginning/ end of a shift. 

8. Housing and construction sectors need to be allowed if the labourers stay at the sites with all facilities and safeguards.  Contractors shall ensure safety, sanitation and distancing norms.  

9. All transport vehicles of all sizes, whether inter-State, intra-State or intra-city, need to be allowed, whether empty or full, by all enforcement agencies without asking any question.  

10. All employers whose entity is allowed to operate, may be allowed to ask the labourers to report for duty.  If labourers do not report for duty, no salary guarantee without work will be the responsibility of the employer. This need to be clarified by the Ministry of Labour.

11. All street vendors like fruit and vegetable sellers should be allowed by the States in order to improve doorstep delivery and also to provide much needed liquidity to this population.  

12. Certain repairing units like those individuals or small agencies involved in providing repair services in mobile, electrical items like refrigerator, air conditioner, television etc, plumbing, cobblers, ironing (dhobi), electrician, automobile mechanics, cycle repair mechanics should be allowed.  However, these individuals should also carry their ID cards and operate at their stalls or traditional sites. This will help the citizens under lockdown to avail these critical services and also provide them cash liquidity, which is required very much. Also, these services do not lead to any crowding. E-commerce entities providing such repair services may also be allowed.  

13. Rubber (certain rubber items are essential items related to medical/health care and domestic system related manufacturing items.  Such rubber items may be given priority for starting manufacturing, while keeping in mind the safety, sanitation and distancing norms. 
       i) Pressure cooker gaskets 
      ii) LPG hoses 
      iii) Surgical gloves 
      iv) Adhesives 
      v) Hospital rubber sheets 
      vi) Medical – silicon 
      vii) Pharmaceutical stoppers for drugs 
      viii) Latex goods 
      ix) Trolley wheels for hospital sectors 
      x) Rubber coated aprons 
      xi) Adhesives for face masks 
      xii) Rubber boots / safety shoes 
      xiii) Catheters, 
      xiv) Medical devices , 
      xv) IV Tubing, 
      xvi) Anesthesia bags, 
      xvii) Ventilator bellows, 
      xviii) Rubber valves, 
      xix) Rubber stoppers for IV (Saline/ Dextrose) bottles, 
      xx) Dental supplies (rubber dams, gloves, rubber thread and dental bands), etc.  

14 . Timber,  plywood  and  wood  based  industry  provides  packaging  material to  pharma  companies,  FMCG  and  other  companies  producing  essential commodities.    These  should  also  be  allowed  by  the  State  a uthorities. 

15 . Glass  and  foundry  industry  may  be  allowed  with  their  minimal  manpower to  keep  the  manufacturing  in  a  continuous  recycling  mode  with  minimal manpower. 

16 . Banks  and  customs  should  accept insisting  on  t is  over. digital  documents under bonds  without he  original  document  which  can  be  produced  when  the  lockdown 

17 .chemical. All  activities  related  to  agriculture  inputs,  and  production,  distribution  and sale  of  agro


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