Piyush Goyal asks industry bodies to prepare protocol checklist for possible 3rd Covid wave

Piyush Goyal asks industry bodies to prepare protocol checklist for possible 3rd Covid wave File photo Union Minister Piyush Goyal (Courtesy: Facebook/Piyush Goyal)

New Delhi: Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has called upon industry associations to prepare a comprehensive protocol checklist that needs to be followed for a possible third Covid wave to deal with the crisis.

He also suggested them to extend a helping hand to the children affected by the pandemic.

The minister said this while meeting industry associations on June 1 to review their preparedness to meet the present and future challenges because of the Covid-19 pandemic and discussed ways to minimize the economic impact of  pandemic.

Goyal has said that in the recent past, due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, the industrial production was severely impacted due to lockdowns, non-availability of oxygen, migration of workers, and the spread of the virus amongst the workforce.

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It is expected from industry associations to draw upon the lessons learned from past experiences to meet the present and future challenges, he has said.

“Goyal called upon the industry associations to prepare a comprehensive checklist that needs to be followed for a possible 3rd COVID wave, covering various measures,” a statement issued, late night on Tuesday, by the commerce and ministry said. The ministry has welcomed any action oriented plans and suggestions which can be implemented quickly to catalyse growth.

The commerce ministry in aother official release added that the oxygen production in the country has increased from 5700 MT/day (August 2020) to 9,446 MT/day in May 2021. Meanwhile the production capacity has increased from 6817 MT/ day to 7314 MT/day, and capacity utilization has gone up from 84 per cent to 129 per cent during this period.

Industry representatives, including those from CII, and PHD chambers of commerce and industry, and others shared their experiences and preparedness in case of a third wave of COVID-19 occurs.

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India reported 1,32,788 fresh cases of novel coronavirus on June 2, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In the last 24 hours, 2,31,456 discharges and 3,207 deaths were reported in the country.

The total caseload of Covid-19 diseases stood at 2,83,07,832 while the tally for active infections rose 17,93,645 cases. A total of 2,61,79,085 recoveries were reported across the country so far, while the death toll stood at 3,35,102 lives lost.

(with inputs from PTI)

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