At a time when the global economy is in tatters due to the coronavirus pandemic that has brought economic activities to a grinding halt, the Gujarat government has prepared a plan to gradually resume industrial and commercial activities with effect from April 20.
A committee will be formed for this purpose at the district level to be chaired by the district collector. The GIDC head, labour and employment department officer, health officer, and factory inspector will be members in the committee, whereas the general manager of District Industries Centre (DIC) will be the member secretary.
All industrial units allowed to operate during the lockdown will have to implement body temperature checking using thermal guns, sanitisation of factory premises, social distancing, staggered lunchtime, staggered entry and exit and no crowding. All such units have been also advised to make arrangements for the stay of workers within the factory premises. However, if that is not possible, arrangement for transportation of employees while complying with the mandatory provisions of masks, social distancing, use of sanitiser, etc, will have to be made by the company.
Notably, 39 marketing yards are already functioning in the state, and fishing, farming, and horticulture activities have been also allowed. This apart, rice mills, dal mills, and oil mills have been ordered to resume functioning and warehouse, godowns, and storage facilities for essential items will be also made functional.
In addition to this, construction activities for roads, irrigation, MSME, and other industrial constructions will also resume.