Thursday, April 23, 2020, Mumbai : All India Manufacturers Organisation, ( AIMO ) an Apex trade body focused on the interests of the MSME sector today made a fervent plea requesting the Government to look at protecting the Elders and Senior citizens of the country and allow the working class to return to their livelihoods by introducing a Citizen Risk Assessment module to allow 55.1 % of the population of Indiato start working immediately to avoid further loss to the economy.
According to Mr. Kenny Ramanand , National General Secretary, AIMO“ India’s recent survey based on age indicates that 33.1% of our population are children between0-18 years , most importantly over 55.1 % of the population of India fall under this category 19-24 and 25-54 years which are classified as the early working age and the prime working age. 6.2 % of the Indian Population in the age group 55-64 years classified as mature working age, and only 5.6% in India are 65 years and over classified as elderly. The lockdown till date has made over 87% of the early working age and the prime working age either unproductive or unemployed. ”
” India has just crossed 20,000 cases overall across the country with about 640 deaths. Those above 60 years of age account for 63% or 403 people of the fatalities so far. Importantly those having pre-existing health conditions had conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart and kidney disease and are the being even more vulnerable. Of the rest, 30% of those who died were 40-60 years old and only 7% were younger than 40. As many as 86% of the fatalities.”Explained Ramanand
When we started the lockdown, India had ONLY 500 odd cases , however over the period of the last 30 days we have reached a figure of 20,000 cases. AIMO endorses the Initial Lockdown but going forward 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 rather than geographical based lockdowns we should look at the option of classification by Red , Orange and Green lights based on demographicand health indicators.
Explaining the unique idea of Citizen Risk Assessment Ramanand said , “ Citizens in the early working age and the prime working agebelow the age of 54 without any known pre condition like uncontrolled diabetes , Hypertension, kidney or heart disease should be classified as Green Citizens and allowed to work. They will contract the disease at some point but their risk of fatality would be very low and they can be put to full use to kickstart the economy. Citizens in the mature working age without any known pre condition like uncontrolled diabetes , Hypertension, kidney or heart disease and Citizens in the early working age and the prime working ageone or more known pre condition like uncontrolled diabetes , Hypertension, kidney or heart disease should be classified as ORANGE Citizensand allowed to work with stringent guidelines.Elderly Citizens over the age of 60 or Citizens in the mature working agewith one or more known pre condition like uncontrolled diabetes , Hypertension, kidney or heart disease should be classified as RED Citizens and NOT allowed to work and be given home care by Government approved medical staff. This should be a voluntary scheme initiated by the citizens themselves in accordance with the guidelines set by the government.”
“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. Countries which have implemented lockdowns have strong Social Security systems in place and can ensure that people do not die of hunger. Unfortunately in India while there is a clear intent by the Government to protect the MSME’s or the Labour, we have not developed the optimum systems to ensure that the packages or schemes can reach the last mile. In such a situation, we must immediately have aCitizen Based approach of easing the lockdown for the economy and get into a reclassification mode of Risk assessment for Covid19 . “ added Ramanand
The loss of revenue every day from Industry is close to Rs.40000 cr a day and already we have lost Rs. 12 lakhs cr by closing them.There are sectors which are concerned purely on Exports and orders will be cancelled if not supplied on time. The Government will need provide support Packages , Incentives and measures to the MSME’s to avoid a ShutDown India.Several sectors like Automobile, Aviation, Hospitality, Apparel, Consumer Durables , Electronics, Hotels, Tourism , Restaurants And Bars , The Entertainment Industry , Airlines, BPO, Seafood and Livestock, Construction And Real Estate, Transportation are among the worst hit by this epidemic. All the MSME’s / Self Employed Individuals / Entrepreneurs associated OR whose revenues depend either directly or indirectly on these sectors AREon the verge of a Shutdown situation.
For further information Please contact : Mr. Kenny Ramanand , National General Secretary, AIMO
+91 88844 46243