Rabindra Dhungel, Kathmandu, Fri, 8 Aug 2020 . The government’s lockdown on corona infections across the country has led to a standstill in all industries except for the production of essential commodities. Although the government has said that closed industries can be reopened by adopting adequate health security and vigilance, the industrialists have not shown any interest.
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies has requested to run the industry by creating quarantine so that the workers inside the industry do not come out and outsiders do not enter. However, industrialists argue that in the current situation, running industries will only increase costs and complicate worker management.
Chairman of the Nepal Chamber of Commerce Rajesh Kaji Shrestha said that it would not make sense to open the industry alone when trade and business was affected. Stating that industries including essential medicines, gas, food grains and drinking water are still in operation, he mentioned that other materials cannot be produced during the logging period.
“As the lockdown continues to loosen, industries are opening up in line with government policy,” he said. There is a problem. ‘
Problems of workers
Some industries that are running to produce essential goods in the market are currently facing problems in labor management. According to the industrialist, even when the workers have to come to the office daily due to the risk of epidemic, it is considered a hassle.
“Some workers in other sectors are getting paid at home. I am wondering why I am going to the office,” said one industrialist, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Workers in some industries have problems with their families stopping them from working. Some have been warned by housewives and neighbors not to go in or out. According to Satis Kumar More, president of the Confederation of Nepali Industries, the neighbors and family members are scared of the workers coming and going in the industry due to the fear of infection.
“The government has asked us to keep workers inside, but it is not easy to manage large numbers of workers and maintain social distance between them,” he said.
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