Get set to resume production, IIA tells its members
The Indian Industries Association (IIA), an industry lobby body of MSMEs sector, has conveyed to all its members to get ready to resume production from May 4 onwards.Updated: Apr 29, 2020 13:35 IST
The Indian Industries Association (IIA), an industry lobby body of MSMEs sector, has conveyed to all its members to get ready to resume production from May 4 onwards.
Till then, the IIA is trying to get all its issues resolved with the Centre and the UP government. The industry lobby body is taking feedback from its 40 chapters across the state through webinars.
“From Noida to Varanasi, we are in touch with our members in 40 districts across the state. We have conveyed that industrial production will resume from May 4 onwards. So, they have started taking adequate measures,” added Kumar.
“List of problems is being prepared and apprehensions of industrialists are being dispelled,” said Pankaj Kumar, national president, IIA.
Major problem before industrialists is getting back the adequate workforce and resumption of inter-state transport services.
“We are ready to employ migrant workers if our labourers do not return. The MSMEs do not have any objection in hiring migrant workers,” said Manmohan Agarwal, general secretary, IIA.
Various lobby bodies of industrialists have conveyed to the state government that maintenance of supply chain was essential for smooth operation of industrial units.
“For this, the government will have to make sure that both intra-state and inter-state transport services remain smooth. Availability of raw material and market place for goods manufactured is must for smooth functioning of industrial units,” said Agarwal.
Navneet Sehgal, principal secretary, MSME department said a 25-member task force will be set up to revive industrial activities in the state. Addressing a webinar on ‘reviving growth in challenging times’ with industrialists, Sehgal said, “ The government will soon launch portal ‘msmesathi’ to resolve all issues of the MSME sector related with GST refund, pending payments and other issues.
Industrial development minister Satish Mahana also sought suggestions from industrialists for revival of industrial activities in the state.
Nikhil Sawhney, chairman, CII Northern region, assured all help to the government in the mission.
CHIEF MINISTER YOGI ADITYANATH DIRECTS OFFICIALS FOR A PLAN
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has also instructed officials to prepare a plan on resuming functioning of industrial units after May 3, when the second phase of lockdown ends.
Presiding over a meeting, the chief minister instructed officials to make a plan which could ensure jobs for migrant labourers.
After nationwide lockdown from March 25, around five lakh labourers have returned to Uttar Pradesh from Delhi and Mumbai among other places.
The state government’s top priority is to engage all these labourers when Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) start production from May 4 onwards, said an official.
At present only around 7000 MSMEs listed under the ‘essential goods’ category are operational while there are around 9.5 lakh MSMEs in Uttar Pradesh registered with the IIA.
ENSURE EARLY OPERATION OF RURAL INDUSTRY: CS
Chief secretary,Rajendra Kumar Tiwari on Tuesday sent a letter to all the district magistrates (DMs) directing them to arrange early operation of rural micro and small industries situated outside the containment zones/hot spots in rural areas. He asked them to provide permission for operation of all such rural industrial units. Tiwari, however, asked DMs to ensure inspection of such industries by deputy directors, district industry centres and doctors from time to time for compliance of social distancing and sanitization norms. The CS said employees of all such industries must pass through thermal screening and their RT-PCR test should also be done as extra precaution.