COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY MINISTRY
GeM creates separate page for medical equipments to help govt fight Covid-19
Public procurement portal GeM has created a dedicated page on its platform for medical and protective equipment like thermal scanners, biohazard bags and disinfectants to help the government fight Covid-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus outbreak: Commerce ministry sets up help desk to resolve import, export issues
The commerce ministry on Thursday said it has set ...
COVID-19: Take care of employees, workers, says Goyal to industry
Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal appreciated industry’s efforts ...
Govt committed to ensuring supply of essential goods: Piyush Goyal
Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said the government is committed to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential goods to the public. In...
Farm workers, agriculture companies exempted from lockdown: Home Ministry
The government has notified procurement agencies like Food Corporation of India, Nafed and other state agencies that buy foodgrains and pulses from farmers at minimum support price under goods and services exempted under the Disaster Management Act to ensure smooth procurement operations ahead of the fresh harvest season.
Over 450 newly recruited CAPF doctors asked to join immediately; retired officials alerted to combat COVID-19
Retired medical officers have been "alerted" and modalities are being worked on to hire doctors on contractual service to man the chain of the forces' country-wide hospitals and quarantine centres that have a combined strength of more than 7,200 beds, ITBP Director General (DG) Surjeet Singh Deswal told .
One checkpost too many, F&B and agri firms seek PMO pass
Food and beverage makers, agri-product companies, ingredient sellers and their packaging partners escalated their concerns over supply disruptions to the PM's Office on Wednesday, a day after PM Modi announced a 21-day national lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Working with industry to boost health workers’ protection: Government
In a statement, the ministry for textiles said it has, for the past 45 days, been locating adequate number of sources to produce and supply the requirement of body coveralls. Body coveralls (PPE) is a specialised, high-level protective suit with stringent technical requirements, as prescribed by the ministry of health and family welfare.
Before you regulate, streamline
Without any protocol for resolving conflicting views between regulators on the same issue, stakeholders such as the parties involved in disputes, as well as consumers, at large suffer. Moreover, the regulatory burden for entities involved to supply information, litigate at multiple fora, etc, adding to the cost and (un)ease of doing business.
Foods, beverages & agri companies escalate supply disruption concerns to PMO
The joint letter, sent through PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), has sought the PM’s intervention for smooth movement of all foods and beverages, agri-products and packaging material to avoid shortage and unnecessary panic among consumers.
Govt support required to restore supply chains immediately; or India could run out of stocks in 7-10 days: Britannia MD Varun Berry
Government support and intervention is required to restore supply chains immediately or the country could run out of stocks of packaged foods in the next 7-10 days.
Union Home Ministry asks states to stop mass exodus of migrant labourers amid coronavirus lockdown
In an advisory to all states and Union territories, the home ministry said they should also make arrangements for uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to hotels, working women hostels so that they continue to live in existing facilities.
Govt issues fresh guideline on exemption for agriculture operations
The second addendum issued by govt exempted farm workers in the fields and farming operations by farmers, agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products including MSPs, mandis notified by the State governments, inter and intra-state movement of harvesting and sowing related machines and manufacturing, packaging units of fertilisers, pesticides and seeds among others.
CII seeks exemption for e-commerce, ITeS, food processing from prohibitory orders
"For safeguarding the uninterrupted supply of consumer items in the market, CII urges the government to keep the manufacturing facilities of the food processing industry open under the strictest of safety and hygiene guidelines," Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, said.
Amazon, Flipkart operations in India being disrupted amid lockdown
The large-scale disruptions highlight the implementation woes faced in ensuring the supply of essential goods to 1.3 billion people during the nationwide shutdown. India has reported 724 cases of infection so far, and 17 deaths.
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