INDORE: In fourth phase of lockdown, over 70 per cent industries of Indore region have partially resumed operations amid ease in curbs and fresh relaxed guidelines, propelling industrial activity in the state.Industrial activity has pushed demand for electricity and water in the last one week of May after plummeting to record lows in lockdown. Several manufacturing and export-oriented firms across sectors ranging from automobile, packaging, auto components, pharmaceuticals and food processing among others have resumed operations mostly at 40 to 50 per cent capacity utilization.Madhya Pradesh Industry Development Corporation (MPIDC) Indore’s executive director Kumar Purushottam said, “There are some hiccups in supply chain but industries and administration are jointly making efforts to overcome those and restart business.”Water demand in industries has surged to 28 MLD in the last three days from earlier 8 MLD, as per MPIDC. In Pithampur, state’s largest … [Read more...] about 70% Indore region firms resume operations
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Arun Kumar: As Dr. John pointed out, lockdown is needed to slow the pace of increase of the disease. The apex has to be brought down to the capacity that we have and use the time of lockdown to build the capacity for health to cope with the emergency that is going to come. We need testing, more hospitalisation capacity, more doctors etc. Lockdown gave you time only for that. It is not a cure. In the lockdown, production completely stops, demand also correspondingly falls because of income decline. So what you have is a situation where both supply and demand are affected, the economy comes down, and only essentials are produced. In my judgment only 25% of the economy was working, so you had a minus 75% rate of growth, about 200 million people lost work because 94 % of the employment is in the unorganised sector. That completely stopped as they did not have working capital, supplies. So 94% of the workforce has lost employment. Those in agriculture can continue, and in mining and rural … [Read more...] about Can India’s workforce have a safe return to business?