Nearly 25,000 companies in Maharashtra start operations: Industries Minister Subhash Desai

Subhash Desai clarified that the industries in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad will not be given permission as these areas have reported a high number of coronavirus cases and fall under the red zone.

Nearly 25,000 companies in Maharashtra start operations: Industries Minister Subhash Desai
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Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai on Monday informed that nearly six lakh people have resumed working after the restrictions were relieved in the lockdown which has been in place since March 25 due to the coronavirus lockdown. 

Desai, who is also the Minister for Marathi Language, said that 25,000 companies in Maharashtra have resumed operations in areas where the restrictions have been eased. 

“Around 6 lakh people working in these 25,000 companies have resumed working across the state while 9,147 industries have been given permission to restart work in Western Maharashtra alone. Of these, a total of 5,774 have already resumed operations,” Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai said while interacting with industry representatives. 

The minister clarified that the industries in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad will not be given permission as these areas have reported a high number of coronavirus cases and fall under the red zone. 

In a meeting facilitated by Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), the industrialists demanded that companies should be allowed to resume operation if they follow the sanitisation rules in both Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri Chinchwad. 

However, Desai said that the relaxation not be provided in red zones. The state government can’t take any risk of restarting businesses to start operations in red zones and this was in the best interest of all, he added. 

The minister further stated that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was determined to make the entire state a green zone. The government will reduce power tariffs and help loan repayment to ease the burden of industries, Desai said. 

The Union Health Ministry has identified 14 districts as red zones, 16 as orange zones and six as green zones in Maharashtra. 

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