Various industry associations including industry chambers and those representing regional bodies, had a virtual meeting with commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal in which they flagged concerns related to salaries, labour and liquidity, and sought structural reforms to be instituted at the earliest and a phase-wise exit from the lockdown.
The body has asked the government to “implement a tariff policy of charges that can be charged by marketplaces until near future”.
US also marked a slew of issues in India’s digital trade including those in the ecommerce policy.
Data inadequacy has become a global phenomenon in the wake of Covid-19 and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) is collaborating with global institutions on data collection practices and to learn from the experiences of other countries facing the same issues.
“Bengaluru has become a major hub for PPE coverall production in the country to combat Covid-19 cases. Nearly 50% of the coverall production in the country is from Bengaluru,” the ministry said. HLL Lifecare Limited is the designated single-window procurement agency for the hospitals and healthcare organisations under the health & family welfare ministry.
Industrial townships in Red zone, states’ denial to reopen industry, home ministry restrictions: FIEO gives feedback to government
In a communication to the department of commerce, the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) also highlighted industry’s concerns with many restrictions and responsibilities imposed by the revised guidelines which are also coming in the way of restarting the units.
The bans were imposed by 72 WTO members and eight non-WTO member countries, but only 13 members (or 39 if EU member states are counted individually) had notified the global trade body as required by its regulations, it said. At least two members have already removed some of those restrictions.
A senior World Trade Organisation official has cautioned against countries pursuing policies of import substitution, which will be harmful to global trade.
On March 29, the Ministry of Home Affairs directed “all employers” to pay wages to their workers, without any deduction, for the period of the lockdown, under Section 10(2)(I) of the Disaster Management Act and warned that noncompliance would lead to necessary action under the Act.
“While we agree with the government that wages should be given, the minimum wage of Rs 8,000-9,000 per worker will be tough to sustain as we don’t expect business to resume for the next two months since orders have dried up and there is no production neither are there buyers,” said Purushottam K Vanga, director at Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council.
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