Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday in a video conference with representatives of different industrial and commercial organizations of the state, told industrialists that in this time of crisis, the state government was standing by them.
Every possible support will be provided to ensure proper functioning of industries and businesses in the state, the CM told the captains of industries of the state.
The chief minister assured the industrialists of considering the suggestions given by them during the conference.
He said the state government would initiate dialogue with the Centre regarding the subjects that are in interest of the industry and commerce sector of Chhattisgarh.
Representatives of commercial establishments gave suggestions on issues related to labourers’ grievances, electricity rates and transport among others.
On the occasion, principal secretary industry department Manoj Kumar Pingua, commissioner public relations Taaran Prakash Sinha and other concerned officials were also present.
The chief minister said about the problems arising in transportation of essential goods to ration shops in the rural areas of different districts, the state government has given e-pass permit for transportation of the goods.
Traders can get e-pass issued to easily transport their goods to different districts, the CM said.
Baghel said e-pass will have the driver’s photo and the vehicle number mentioned on it, making it easier for him to carry out his duty during the lockdown.
The business representatives said that t due closed flour mills, there is shortage of flour supply.
The chief minister in response said there is no restriction on operation of flour mills.
Industrial and commercial organizations lauded the measures being taken by the government under the leadership of the chief minister, to bring relief to the common people during the lockdown and to save them from coronavirus infection.
The chief minister said in the context that it would not have been possible without everyone’s support.
He added that in the industries that are currently operating, protocols of social distancing and safety measures to prevent infection should be strictly implemented.
About the problem of labourers not showing up at work in different parts of the state, including Bastar, Baghel said that general manager, industry department should take initiative in this matter, with the support of the district administration.
Suggestion was given to sell mahua and Bastar’s other minor forest produce in government agencies with the help of self-help groups.
They also suggested that farmers should work in groups to supply vegetables from villages to cities.
On suggestions of the representatives, Baghel gave instructions to provide food packets at petrol pumps to drivers engaged in transportation of essential goods.
He also gave instructions to ensure regular checkup of labourers with the help of medical teams in the industries that are currently operational.
He also gave instructions to ensure regular sanitization of wholesale markets, where essential goods such as food grains, vegetables and essential goods are collected for supply.
The industrial and business representatives gave various suggestions to bring relief to industry and commerce sector during lock down. Chief Minister assured them of taking their suggestions into consideration and then taking the appropriate decision.
The chief minister on Saturday also spoke to CII Chairman Amit Agrawal, FICCI Chairman Pradeep Tandon, PHD Chamber of Industry Chairman Shashank Rastogi, Chhattisgarh Sponge Iron Manufacturers Association Chairman Vijay Jhanwar, Urla Industry Association Chairman Ashwani Garg, Federation of All India Traders Chairman Amar Parwani, President Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce Jitendra Barlota, Bastar Udyog Sangh Chairman Vikram Sharma, Chairman of Sarguja Laghu Udyog Sangh Arvind Singhania and President Chhattisgarh Laghu Evam Sahayak Sangh Harish Kedia during the video conference.