Madhya Pradesh is in the fourth spot in terms of the coronavirus cases in the state. However, to push the economy to a better position, 232 industries have been allowed to start work in 5 big cities of Madhya Pradesh where around 40,000 people work here. Of these, 121 are in Indore, 56 in Bhopal, 24 in Gwalior, 21 in Jabalpur and 10 in Rewa. These are all large scale industries. The Principal Secretary of the Department of Industries there, informed that work has started in more than 200 large scale industries but with proper guidelines. People working here have been issued passes. Also, it is being monitored whether the Corona protocol is being followed in those places or not.
Before that, about 300 small and big industrial units of industrial area Pithampur have been allowed to resume production. But in view of the necessary maintenance and human resource arrangements, it may take a few days for most of these units to resume their regular work. So far, more than 300 units including pharma plants, flour mills, pulses mills and warehouses have been allowed in Indore district, which is the hotspot of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Amidst the ongoing lockdown in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, pressure is mounting on about 16,000 small industries in Madhya Pradesh, and these industries in a phased manner, asked for the permission to restore production from the state government. They want to restore their industrial activities by following the guidelines issued by the government and administration regarding Covid-19. These industries are also ready to make arrangements for the living of workers in the premises of their factories till the outbreak of this epidemic.
Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan recently said that certain categories of economic activities have been approved in the Green Zone which are the area free of coronavirus infection and small towns of the state. However, the workers or other employees who live in the infected areas cannot be allowed to travel as those are containment areas and can spread to numbers.
The government of Madhya Pradesh has started work on the exit plan for lockdown. CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan is constantly moving in this direction. In the list released by the Ministry of Home Affairs, 24 districts of Madhya Pradesh are in the Green Zone, 19 districts are in the Orange Zone and 9 are in the Red Zone. The government is trying to promote economic activities in the Green and Orange zones with some restrictions.