EVERY Sector IS Essential as it provides Livelihoods

All India Manufacturers Organisation, ( AIMO ) an Apex trade body focused on the interests of the MSME sector today advocated the opening up of ALL Industries to commence work at the end of the Lockdown period

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AIMO Advocates opening of ALL Industries post Lockdown

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Mumbai: All India Manufacturers Organisation, ( AIMO ) an Apex trade body focused on the interests of the MSME sector today advocated the opening up of ALL Industries to commence work at the end of the Lockdown period , stating that as EVERY Industry and sector is an essential as it provides livelihoods to not just the employer and the employee but also to the families that are dependent on them for their survival.

“The members of AIMO made up largely of MSME’s feel that ALLIndustries areInter Connected. For example to manufacture and supply even a life saving capsule you need the support of the Plastic Industry , the Cardboard Industry , the Ink Manufacturing industry , The Printing industry , The Gelatin Manufacturing industry, The Transportation Industry , The distributors channels , The E commerce platforms , the IT and hardware related industries, Tech support , R&D and Quality control labs and each of these Industries would be dependent on a host of other industries. Opening up of selective industries will only hurt business and livelihoods further.” Explained Mr. Kenny Ramanand, National General Secretary , AIMO

“With the shut down of schools and colleges across the country, it is imperative that computers are required for online schooling. 250 Million children across the country and about 12 million teachers will need to be connected digitally to continue the education system at least till is safe for them to go back to regular education.  Over 73% of our members with children in schools and colleges felt that Electronic items like computers , Data connectivity were essential to continue the education in a couple weeks. This is an Urgent requirement not just for the IT, Hardware , Software, Data connectivity , Mobile Communication , Content providers, E Commerce providers , Delivery agents and their employees but for the future citizens of this country as well.”  Added Mr Radhakrishnan, National Treasurer , AIMO

We at AIMO believe that the Market demand should and will determine , what is essential and Non essential for each family. We request the Government of India and State Governments to consider livelihoods as an Essential before categorizing selectively as essential and non essential sectors and causing confusion. For Example , Haircuts may not be an essential on day one but after a few weeks , it would be AN Essential to maintain hygiene.The concept of essentials vary from family to family , situation to situation and from time to time. MSMEs directly employ over 121 million people and Micro self employed business men and service providers account for over 400 million people in this country. .”   explained Mr Radhakrishnan

Mr Ramanand Stressed , “ UNCERTAINTY IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE faced by the MSME’s across India. MSME’s are uncertain when they can start operations, are uncertain how long they will operate before another lockdown is announced, are uncertain on how they can raise money to pay debts , are uncertain on the impact of COVID 19 on their clients operations, are uncertain whether their labour force will return to work and most importantly are uncertain about what support they can expect from the Government. MSME’s DO NOT want an additional uncertainty of whether or not their sector can open post the lockdown. “

Indian MSME’s along with the Migrant Labour are bearing the brunt of the economic stress caused due to the lockdown. Currently sectors like Automobile, Aviation, Hospitality, Apparel ( Natural and Synthetic ) , Consumer Durables , Electronics, Hotels, Tourism , Restaurants And Bars , The Entertainment Industry,  Airlines, BPO, Seafood and Livestock, Construction And Real Estate, Transportation, Industrial products are among the worst hit by this epidemic.These sectors directly and indirectly account for over 72% of the working population and their contribution to the economy would amount Rs. 40,000 crores per day. Not immediately opening ALL sectors post lockdown would be adiscriminatory decision.” Said Mr Radhakrishnan

AIMO does acknowledge the fact that India is inching towards the 30,000 cases mark across the country. AIMO endorses the Initial Lockdown but going forward we request the Government of India and all the State Governments to take decisions to ease the lockdown by analyzing the morbidity data of COVID 19 and the data on the impact of the labour class, Migrant labourers, MSME’s  and also the economy as a whole we feel that the lockdown areas and classificationby Red , Orange and Green lights should be applied based on demographic and health indicators ( In consultation with the best Health experts of the country and ICMR )  , rather than blanket geographic  lockdowns. The fact that between 15% to 20% of the people in India will get infected by the virus over the next 18 months or till we get a vaccine should be a benchmark  that the Government should accept and work towards mitigating the impact of COVID 19.

For further information Please contact : Mr. Kenny Ramanand , National General Secretary, AIMO+91 88844 46243

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EVERY Sector IS Essential as it provides Livelihoods
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All India Manufacturers Organisation, ( AIMO ) an Apex trade body focused on the interests of the MSME sector today advocated the opening up of ALL Industries to commence work at the end of the Lockdown period
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