Covid-19 scare: PM Modi seeks industry help to stop movement of urban labour class to rural areas

PM Modi also urged corporate houses to contribute generously to the government’s coffers. He assured instant approvals for any regulatory permissions required for them to work towards fighting the disease, top officials said.

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The PM’s appeal comes even as lakhs of migrant workers in Maharashtra are already leaving for their villages amid the increasing spread of Covid-19.
Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought help from industry chieftains to help stop the movement of urban labour class to rural areas, citing concerns over the spread of Covid-19 to villages.

The outbreak is still an urban crisis, being tackled by the government, he said.

Modi also urged corporate houses to contribute generously to the government’s coffers. He assured instant approvals for any regulatory permissions required for them to work towards fighting the disease, top officials said.


The Tata Group and Reliance Industries, among corporate houses with deep pockets, are understood to be working on plans to set up transit camps that will offer shelter, food and sanitation facilities to prevent mass migration of urban labourers to villages.

The PM’s appeal comes even as lakhs of migrant workers in Maharashtra are already leaving for their villages amid the increasing spread of Covid-19, and fear of job loss and wage cuts.

The labour commissioner's office in Maharashtra has issued a circular requesting public and private sector establishments to not terminate employees, particularly casual or contractual workers, or reduce their wages.
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On Monday, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani did not participate in a call that Modi had with industry leaders such as Uday Kotak, N Chandrasekaran and Venu Srinivasan, officials said. Reliance Industries, however, sent a press statement post the call detailing the resources being committed by it towards tackling the crisis.

The company said it had deployed the combined strengths of Reliance Foundation, Reliance Retail, Jio, Reliance Life Sciences, Reliance Industries, and all the 6,00,000 people that work for the group on this action plan against Covid-19.

The Tata Group will be given the requisite licence by the authorities for its manufacturing plants to make ventilators and it will also source masks from Japan. It has begun supplying food to hospitals managing the disease. Also, Tata Chemicals will make sanitisers, officials said.

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