With a sudden rise in number of cases in Surat district and in backdrop of restriction and laid down by Maharashtra and other state governments, traders and industries bodies are coming up with various options for the industry and its workers. The Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SGCCI) is also not leaving any stone unturned to help its workers and businesses.
Excerpts from the interview with Dinesh Navadiya President, SGCCI:
How are the businesses reacting to the second-wave of Covid 19?
The Second wave has not hit the businesses here as of now. Situation is still in control. SGCCI has issued an appeal to the people and the business not to shut down the work and migrate to their hometowns. The committee has conducted several online meetings with various associations to think about the ways by which the industries can continue functioning with the Covid restrictions that has been implemented.
How is the situation of migrant workers this time?
As the businesses are still doing as usual, not many workers have migrated due to restrictions. Though some have send their families back home. We are taking care of all our workers. All associations are in touch with their workers are assessing the situation.
How is SGCCI helping the businesses during Covid 19?
We are working on many fronts. SGCCI has also handed over the convention center to SMC to set up Covid 19 care center. Ever since corona struck, it became our first duty to act on providing food to those in need, we are distributing over 400 food packets a day. We have also issued guidelines to all associations to check the temperature of the workers before entering the premises, also they are also been provided with face masks and hand sanitizers.
Has the government helped this time?
The government has provided all sort of help that is required. As businesses are running as usual, and right now we don’t need any kind of relief packages.