Some export units will resume their work in Gujarat amid the 2.0 crash

Starting Saturday, export units located in Gujarat districts unaffected by Covid-19 will resume operations, said an official from the Gujarat Prime Minister’s Office.

On the day 191 new Covid-19 cases were reported from Gujarat, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 2,815, the government decided to lift the curfew on Ahmedbad, Surat and Vadodra, the three most affected districts. “Now the curfew of the three districts of the state has been lifted. But there will still be a strict implementation of the blockade until May 3, ”said Gujarat Police Director General Shivanad Jha.

Jayanti Ravi, chief secretary (health), said the situation was being rapidly controlled and the decision had been made to screen all pregnant women in critical areas of Covid-19, even if they had no Covid symptoms.

Ashwani Kumar, secretary to Prime Minister Vijay Rupani, said: “In the first phase, factories with pending export orders will be able to start operations as long as they are not in Covid containment areas.”

Almost 90% of the 800 small and medium-sized large and 4.53 lakh factories in Gujarat have pending orders and about 70% of them are not in containment zones, government officials said.

Purvin Mariyankari, director of the Ahmedabad Import and Export Development Association (AEIDA), welcomed the order, but said business would be affected as there is not much international demand.

“Gujarat represents 25% of India’s total exports in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, textiles, ceramics, chemicals, gems and jewelry, including automobile components,” said Mariyankari. About 80% of the salt and 70% of the jewels exported from India are from Gujarat.

He said that Gujarat’s total exports in 2018-19 were $ 67.4 billion. “The export industry has already witnessed a drop in exports of $ 846 million in February 2020 compared to the same month of 2019 due to the slowdown.”

Shailesh Patwari, former president of the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) said it would be difficult to operate industries in the absence of workers. “For the most part, migrant workers from states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh work in export units and around 70% of them have already returned.”

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