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Over 51,000 industry units have been permitted to start operation: Subhash Desai

In a virtual interaction organised by Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC) of Commerce and Industry, Desai said that the state government was working towards attracting investments for Maharashtra to remain as the most industrialised state in India.

Over 51,000 industry units have been permitted to start operation: Subhash Desai
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Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai on Thursday held an interaction with the industry representatives and assured them assistance after the COVID-19 outbreak is over. 

In a virtual interaction organised by Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC) of Commerce and Industry, Desai said that the state government was working towards attracting investments for Maharashtra to remain as the most industrialised state in India. 

During the interaction, leading industrialists including Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej, Camlin Chairman Dilip Dandekar, Propak MD Nayan Patel were present. According to a report published in the Free Press Journal, Desai assured that the government will inform industries about its plan to lift lockdown in advance so that they are in a position to accommodate their workers and raw materials. 

Earlier, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had informed that 40,000 acres of land was ready for new businesses and companies. Talking about the same, Desai said that the government will provide the land to attract new investments in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur and Aurangabad. 

The industry minister further said that more than 51,500 industry units have been permitted to start operation in non-red zones since April. However, Desai maintained that the approvals to resume operations in red zones will not be given as of now amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

According to media reports, the industries department will launch a web portal of the labour bureau where unemployed youth can register themselves under unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled. 

The Industrial Labour Bureau portal will help the local unemployed youth to register for jobs. This comes as Maharashtra is facing the mass exodus of migrant labourers and workers due to the lockdown. Over 10 lakh migrant workers have left Maharashtra to go their native homes amid the troubles of lockdown which may lead to a shortage of labour in industrial units post-lockdown period. 

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