Maharashtra: 20,000 units now permitted to operate; labour availability down to 30%

Written by Sandeep Ashar | Mumbai |

Published: May 2, 2020 11:51:36 pm

“A total of 13,560 units are now operational. These include 805 large-scale industries and 12,755 MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises),” a senior official mentioned. (Representational)
Maharashtra, the nation’s most industrialised state, is banking on extra producers to resume manufacturing even with the Centre allowing extra exemptions within the third section of the lockdown. Till Saturday, 20,558 industrial units within the state had obtained permission to resume operations whereas adhering to coronavirus (COVID-19) precautionary measures. Of these, 6,739 had already began manufacturing, officers mentioned.

Before April 20, solely 6,821 manufacturing units of important commodities and people which require steady course of had been operational. “A total of 13,560 units are now operational. These include 805 large-scale industries and 12,755 MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises),” a senior official mentioned.

On Friday, whereas asserting tips for the third section of the lockdown commencing May 4, the Centre, moreover, exempted export-oriented units, particular financial zones (SEZ), units positioned in industrial townships and industrial estates and manufacturing units which require steady course of, together with their provide chains positioned in non-containment zones inside districts categorized ‘orange’ or ‘red’.

At the time of submitting this report, the state authorities was but to launch operational tips, however sources mentioned the federal government additionally favoured allowing extra industrial exercise.

But a senior official mentioned the unavailability of labour and fall in demand continued to be main obstacles for manufacturing units. Less than 30 per cent of the traditional workforce has resumed duties within the 6,739 units, which have gone into manufacturing since April 20.

“Against 4,68,985 workers normally employed, hardly 1,39,472 have resumed work,” an official mentioned. Sources attributed this to restrictions on inter and intra district journey. The state industries division has appointed nodal officers to facilitate this employee motion.

As on Friday, statistics present that transit passes had been issued to 3,166 such automobiles. According to the Centre’s norms, the duty of creating preparations for the keep of employees inside industrial premises or an adjoining constructing is on the house owners of such units. Further, employees from a containment zone will not be allowed to commute to such workplaces, and the house owners are anticipated to present devoted transport. “All those who have applied for resumption have submitted self-certified declaration/undertaking that they will abide by terms and conditions of the state and central governments to contain the spread of coronavirus,” an official mentioned.

Aaccording to official information, manufacturing units in Marathwada and North Maharashtra are forward in acquiring permission as in contrast to different divisions, with Nashik (3,747) and Aurangabad (2,857) main th cost. Ahmednagar has 1,037 purposes, whereas in Pune district, tagged as a coronavirus pink zone, 2,540 units have utilized for permission to resume exercise, and 1,945 have carried out so in Kolhapur.

In the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, the worst-hit space, 1,173 units in Palghar and 1,521 in Thane have utilized.

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