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Plea For Food Processing

Union Government has asked the State Government to ensure operational viability and maintain uninterrupted supply of food products for the citizens.

 In the wake of precautions being taken by various states for prevention of COVID 19 through lockdowns and various other precautionary measures, Guru Prasad Mahapatra, Secretary Department for Promotion of Industries and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has issued orders to State Authorities to not obstruct and call for closure of food processing units, since they manufacture food stuff and to maintain uninterrupted supply for citizens of our country. 
 
He said for the consumer items to be readily available in the market, all food processing companies should be allowed to keep their Manufacturing facilities open under the strictest of safety and hygiene guidelines and any executive order or section 144 restrictions should include the exemption of these manufacturing facilities, distribution and sales channels servicing the food and beverage market, including food delivery services, as also employees associated with such activities. 
 
He advised that all Retail/Grocery, Organised Trade including Cash & Carry and wholesale, Chemists/Pharmacies that stock and sell Food products, Medicines, Water etc. should be allowed to remain open to avoid inconvenience to consumers as also to PREVENT "panic buying" which was clearly mentioned by the Hon'ble PM in his national address. 
 
Authorities should allow the workers/ operators at Retail outlets, Pharmacies, Manufacturing units to travel to their units in discharge of their national responsibilities. 
 
Most importantly, the transport vehicles carrying Raw material, Intermediates to and from the Food Processing Units to be given due permission and this to be explicitly included in the local Administration orders to avoid any confusion. 
 
Clear advisory to ensure inter-state movement of goods for the food processing industry to ensure uninterrupted movement and supply of goods and services; Specifically for e-commerce, food processing , delivery boys, and movement of trucks must be allowed.
 
Orders in this regard are to be issued by the State Administration, which will go a long way in maintaining requisite flow of essential goods, preventing panic purchase and ensuring we all keep safe in these challenging times, said Secretary DPIIT. 
 


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