Published: 19th April 2020
COVID-19: Lockdown restrictions to continue in Tamil Nadu, govt awaiting expert committee recommendation
According to an expert committee report, the Chief Minister would take a decision. Until then, the lockdown restrictions would continue
Tamil Nadu government on Sunday said till Chief Minister K Palaniswami takes a decision on the industries and others that can restart operations, the existing lockdown restrictions would continue in the state.
In a statement issued, the government said the expert committee that has set up to recommend the industries/business establishments that can restart operations will be meeting on Sunday and give its report to Chief Minister on Monday.
The Chief Minister will take a decision based on the expert committee report. Till such time, the existing lockdown restrictions would continue, the statement said.
Meanwhile, industry officials told sources that they are ready to restart their operations subject to government conditions.
India's second largest carmaker Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) is ready to restart its production operations at its plants and is waiting for the state government's decision, said a senior official.
"The HMIL qualifies the guidelines issued by the central government for restart of production operations like the plant should be in rural area or inside an industrial estate and others," said BC Datta, Vice President, Corporate Affairs.
Datta said the issue is to bring people to the plant as some may be living in the Coronavirus containment zone. We have the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for social distancing, sanitisation and other hygiene aspects.
Similarly in the financial services sector, housing and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) are now chalking out 're-entry' strategies for their staff into their branches with the central government allowing them to operate.
The industry had earlier asked the government to allow them to operate so that the loan moratorium for the borrowers could be worked out. On Thursday, the central government permitted NBFCs, housing and micro-finance companies to restart operations with bare minimum staff.
"We are working out the plan. There will be not more than five employees in a single office and social distancing will be maintained. There will be temperature scanners and no major customer walk-ins," said Alok Aggarwal, Managing Director, National Trust Housing Finance Limited. Aggarwal said only employees with own transport will be allowed to come to office and that too on a voluntary basis.
Pointing out that local government guidelines have to be followed though the directive was issued by the central government, T.T. Srinivasaraghavan, Managing Director, said that the branches outside the red zone - areas classified based on the number of people affected by coronavirus - can re-open. "The contact with the customers will be restricted," Srinivasaraghavan added.