Amid lockdown, DPIIT or the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has sent a proposal of resuming some of the sectors activity as this is important to provide liquidity in the hands of the people as well as stimulate economic activity which has come to a standstill due to Covid 19 pandemic.
And this shall be done amid required and reasonable safeguards as and when the final decision is taken on extension of the lockdown by the central government.
"These new activities are essential to improve the economic activity and provide liquidity in the hands of the people," DPIIT secretary Guruprasad Mohapatra said in the letter to the ministry of home affairs.
And for such industries which are being considered for resumption of activity there should be some conditions that need to met:
1. Single point entry for workers
2. Sufficient space for maintaining social distancing
3. A separate transport if workers cannot be accommodated in the premises
4. Factory sanitization
And the first ones to be allowed resumption of activity can be high-industrial units which follow social distancing as well as sanitization such as textiles, automobiles and electronic manufacturing.
So initially they could start with just 20-25% capacity in a single shift.
Other 16 sectors that can be allowed to work amid the lockdown include:
1. Heavy electrical items like transformers and circuit vehicles
2. telecom equipment and components including optic fibre cable, compressor and condenser units,
3. steel and ferrous alloy mills,
4. spinning and ginning mills,
5. power looms,
6. defence and defence ancillary units,
7. cement plants,
8. pulp and paper units,
9. fertiliser plants,
10. paints and dyes manufacturing,
11. all types of food and beverages,
12. seeds processing units,
13. plastic manufacturing units,
14. automotive units,
15. gems and jewellery sector units (big and organised)
16. and all units in Special Economic Zones and export-oriented units.