As a relief to the industries in Pimpri-Chinchwad, the State Government of Maharashtra allowed the industries to resume operations with 33 percent of the workforce. Ajoy Mehta, Chief Secretary, Maharashtra issued an official notification regarding this, on May 14.
The State has allowed resumption of industrial operations in rural sects of Pune, since May 2. Hence, the companies in the MIDC areas of Ranjangaon, Chakan and Kurkumbh had restarted work while making special arrangements for transporting their employees. However, the guidelines had prohibited employees from travelling in the containment zones of both Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad and no leeway was given to industries, especially the small and medium scale industries in these areas due to rising number of cases.
Sandeep Belsare, President of the small and medium scale industries association of Pimpri-Chinchwad, had pressed for the reopening of the units. Apart from this, Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner, the association raised their issue to the Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. The closure of the industries has been hard-hitting for the business owners and employees. Also, retention of labour was another issue for the units. The association had asked the government to allow units located in non-containment zones to start operations.
The State, in its latest order, has allowed the industries in Pimpri-Chinchwad to start working with 33 percent strength of local workers. The order specifies that employees should be transported through dedicated private transport or private four-wheelers.