Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced that a Task Force would soon be set up to find ways for the state to get out of the lockdown. While addressing a video conference, the Chief Minister assured the industry of all support by the government to address critical issues and challenges in this difficult time.
Meanwhile, he invited them to be part of the government’s decision-making process in an extraordinary situation that is prevailing currently. Among the various issues raised by the industry leaders was the demand for declaring tractors and ancillary industries as essential and allowing them to reopen to meet the urgent needs of farmers in the Rabi harvesting and marketing season.
The demand also raised for declaring cycles as an essential commodity. Another suggestion was to allow the packaging industry to resume operations, given its importance in ensuring streamlined operations of essential commodities. A suggestion for relief to the tourism industry, that had been hit badly by the lockdown, was also discussed.
Meanwhile, a major discussion took place related to the problems faced by pharmaceutical companies, which were playing an important role in tackling the coronavirus crisis. The problems of cash flow were also highlighted by the industry, who wanted clarity on the payments to be made to the workers during this critical period.
In the meanwhile, the Chief Minister asked the Industry Department to take urgent notice of these issues and resolve them at the earliest. If anyone wants to operate, they should approach the state government and all efforts would be made to address their requests, he added.