Adverse impact on Economic activities caused by Novel COVID-19 Pandemic

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Chandigarh, April 19 – To deal with the adverse impact on economic activities caused by Novel COVID-19 Pandemic, Haryana government has finalized a system for starting uninterrupted operation of industries and other establishments in the State beginning from April 20, 2020, as per consolidated revised guidelines issued by the Government of India.

Sharing more details about the same a government spokesman said that as per the guidelines, in the State to obtain permission to resume operations and apply for passes, the Applicant shall apply on SARAL Haryana Portal (https://saralharyana.gov.in). Further the passes for the interstate movement of vehicles shall be applied on government of India portal for e-pass (http://covidpass.egovernments.org/requester-dashboard/).

The Spokesman said that for carrying out the operations of industries and other establishments, Committees will be constituted at block level, town level and city level to scrutinize and approve application.  In rural areas,   a committee of SDM, DSP, BDPO and Assistant Labour Commissioner and in the urban areas a committee of SDM, DSP, EO / Secretary of Municipal Corporation and Assistant Labor Commissioner will issue the passes for industries and other establishments having up to 25 people.

Similarly, for more than 25 people upto 200 people, in rural and urban areas (excluding   the municipal areas), a committee of the area ADC, DSP, BDPO and Assistant Labor Commissioner and in Municipal Corporation(MC) area Municipal Corporation Commissioner, area DSP, EO / Secretary of MC and Assistant Labor Commissioner committee will give the approval for passes. Apart from this, for more than 200 people, the approval for passes will be given by the committee of Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of police/ Commissioner of police of the area, General Manager, Industries and Commerce Department and Deputy Labour Commissioner.

He informed that applications received from Industries/ Industrial establishments/ Commercial and Private Establishments having employed upto 25 people will be scrutinized and approved by the Block Level Committee. While, applications received from Industries/ Industrial establishments/ Commercial and Private Establishments having employed more than 25 people but upto 200 people  will be scrutinized and approved by the Committee headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner/ Municipal Commissioner, as applicable. Further, applications received from Industries/ Industrial establishments/ Commercial and Private Establishments having employed more than 200 people will be scrutinized and approved by the Committee headed by Deputy Commissioner.

This entire process of scrutinizing and grant of permission/passes shall be issued in a phased manner through SARAL Haryana Portal https://saralharyana.gov.in ). The phasing will be done in each district as per social distancing norms and strict containment requirements in their district. Accordingly, approvals will be given in a phased manner strictly on first come first serve basis, he said.

He said that as per the guidelines for Industries / Industrial establishments/ Commercial and Private Establishments (other than IT and ITeS units), for the pass requirement for upto 20 people, 100 percent approval of the requirement will be given. While, in case of Pass requirement for more than 20 people, approval of 50 percent of the requirement or 20 passes, whichever is higher will be given. Similarly, f or IT and ITeS units, in case of Pass requirement for upto 20 people, approval of  50 percent  of the requirement and for more than 20 people, approval of  33 percent of the requirement or 10 passes, whichever is higher will be given.

For in situ construction projects, operations will be allowed with 50 percent of the total workforce. However, no passes will be issued. In case of non In situ projects, operations will be allowed with 50 percent of the total workforce with issuance of Blue passes.

The Spokesman said that opening of shops / dhabas on highways/ movement of Self Employed individuals will be strictly governed by the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines. He said that in view of approaching summer season and new academic session, distribution of books by book shops to school and college students and sale of Air conditioners, Air coolers, Fans and their repair shops may be treated as essential goods / services and allowed to remain open and operate outside containment zone. However, the District Magistrates can fix the timings of various establishments, industries, and other permitted activities depending upon the local requirements.

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