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Industry opposes lockdown

Panaji : The industry on Wednesday opposed the ‘janata curfew’ and three-day lockdown announced in the state. The three main local industry representative bodies – the CII-Goa, the GCCI and the GSIA – voiced disapproval against the move.

The industry has sought exemption on the ground that the ‘janata curfew’ and the lockdown would lead to huge economic losses and hardships to functioning industrial units in the state.

In a written communication made to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant late Wednesday evening, the industry said the lockdown would disrupt the working process lines of various units that are already struggling due to the consequences of the past lockdowns.

Citing the examples of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, where state governments allowed industries to be exempted from the lockdown, the industry said the Goa government must also do the same.

On the significant spike in COVID cases reported at a pharmaceutical diagnostic company based at the Verna Industrial Estate, members of the industry said that precautionary measures must be taken against the particular company.

“It could be closed or isolated rather than shutting down all industries as manufacturing units cannot afford stop-and-start,” said the letter to the Chief Minister.

Members of the industry pointed out that many processes are involved in industrial production, “especially the supply chain, which once disrupted takes a long time to stabilise”. Echoing the industry’s sentiments against the lockdown, president of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa Nilesh Shah said the lockdown would adversely affect the local hospitality and tourism trade.

“The industry understands the urgency of the situation owing to the spike in cases. However, the lockdown will adversely affect the confidence-building measures undertaken by local hoteliers,” Shah reckoned.

The TTAG president said the government must allow tourists who have already booked flights.

The hospitality industry in the state has just been released from the lockdown restrictions with the government allowing hotels to open from July 2. 

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