April 7, 2020
Alert: India Coronavirus Update
On April 4, the Central Government has directed state governments to facilitate smooth movement of truck drivers and laborers to reach their workplace to ensure intra and inter-state movement of essential food and groceries during the lockdown period.
In a letter to State Chief Secretaries, Consumer Affairs Secretary Pawan Kumar Agarwal asked them to designate a nodal officer who will coordinate with state police to ensure hassle free movement of supplies. The designated officer will also issue authorization letters to companies and organizations having nationwide supply of essential goods.
Stating that several companies have reported difficulties in getting labor for their operations, Mr Agarwal said, the local administration should be advised to facilitate help ensuring availability of labour in factories, warehouses and transportation and distribution operations of essential food and groceries. He also mentioned that the Consumer Affairs Ministry has developed an e-pass system. See the full order here and suggestive list of companies here.
The Government of Tamil Nadu has also added a further clarification of a list of industries to continuous process industries whose operations are allowed to continue. See the order here.
Lastly, the Government of India has eased export curbs on 24 pharma ingredients and medicines. See notification here.
Wishing you and your families good health.
Dr. Mukesh Aghi
President and CEO
US-India Strategic Partnership Forum