Telangana: Norms for MSMEs and construction may ease up after May 7

The Centre has started giving relaxations to some sectors from April 20. But, keeping in view of the surge in Covid-19 positive cases, Telangana chose to implement complete lockdown.

Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wants lockdown lifted in phases and said the government will review the situation on May 5
HYDERABAD: Though Telangana has seen a dip in progression of novel coronavirus cases in the last couple of days, the state government is in no hurry to lift complete lockdown after May 7. However, the government is considering providing some relaxations to micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and construction sector after May 7.

The Centre has started giving relaxations to some sectors from April 20. But, keeping in view of the surge in Covid-19 positive cases, Telangana chose to implement complete lockdown. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wants lockdown lifted in phases and announced that the government will review the situation on May 5.

Official sources said the CM and the entire administration is closely monitoring the situation and working out strategies on those activities which could be allowed after May 7. “MSMEs have been playing a vital role in Telangana’s economy. After formation of Telangana, as many as 8,435 MSMEs have been set up at an investment of Rs 11,500 crore. Time has come to save them from slipping into a financial crisis,” a senior government official said.


Officials said MSMEs are likely to be allowed with some stringent norms apart from maintaining social distancing and keeping workers’ safety in mind. “Similarly, construction activity will be allowed if labourers are accommodated at the project or construction site,” the official said.

With seven lakh migrant workers in Telangana, who have been sheltered in about 160 camps, providing food and shelter to them and keeping them in the camps for a longer time would be a difficult proposition for the government. “Hence, if construction activity is allowed, some workers will start going to work,” officials said.

Officials said the government has already declared that 21 districts have zero coronavirus positive cases and some more would be added in the next week. “If there are no fresh positive cases for consecutive 14 days in those districts, some activities like sand mining and other activities could be allowed,” another official said.
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However, the government has no plans to allow activities and places where mass congregation happens such as religious prayers, processions, cinema theatres and restaurants immediately after May 7, a CMO official said. “Similarly, transportation services like buses and metro trains will not be operated till last week of May,” the official added.

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Telangana lockdown extended earlier till May 7

Telangana exempted Pharmaceutical industries, food processing units and essential commodities mills.
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Apart from Kirana and medical shops exempted from lockdown but allowed to open till 6 pm and in some areas till 2 pm.

Agriculture, irrigation and MNREGA works also exempted.
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IT companies have been functional with 50 per cent workforce. Majority of the companies asked their staff to work from home.

Night curfew is being implemented from 6 pm to 6 am.

Centre’s lockdown ends on May 3.

The centre also exempted agriculture works and other essential commodities shops from lockdown.

It has allowed MSMEs, construction activity, shops and neighbourhood, highway dhabas, electricians. But no such exemption are given in Telangana.
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