After the completion of the second phase of the nationwide lockdown, the manufacturing sector of the country is now preparing to resume full-fledged operations but by following strict rules of hygiene and social distancing. The country has already faced huge financial losses due to the complete lockdown of the sector.
It is perhaps, high time for the mega manufacturing sector of the country to resume operations in order to cope up with the financial crisis that has been caused because of the lockdown which is to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
The automobile industry, consumer durables, liquor and electronics are some of the sectors that have resumed manufacturing in the country but
are following strict sanitary, hygiene and social distancing measures in doing the same. The central government has mandated the usage of the Arogya Setu app for all the factory workers in the country while businesses like Maruti Suzuki has developed new internal apps for their workers.
As far as manpower is concerned, it is being a little problematic as people for containment zones are still not allowed to come out of their houses. This has resulted in limited manpower in resuming operations.
“The textile sector across the value chain is slowly planning to start the operations from Wednesday with extreme care on safety measures, and most of the units will try to run with bare minimum utilisation levels. Opening up of the retail sector is the next crucial aspect, because opening the retail will bring the demand to manufacturing,” said Prabhu Dhamodharan, Convenor, Coimbatore-based Indian Texpreneurs Federation.
“Most of the companies in Ambattur, Guindy, and Thirumudivakkam were eager to start operations from today. But they are awaiting clarity from the government. In the outskirts, Police are not allowing movement of people and hence staff is unable to reach the factory. There was a rush for passes, but those offices were in different locations.
Clear guidelines must be issued to all authorities down the line for smooth implementation”, said X Arokianathan, Co-Convenor, MSME Panel, Confederation of Indian Industry-Tamil Nadu.