FICCI has suggested the government to relax economic activities in a phased manner as well as maintain surveillance.
New Delhi. Industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry i.e. FICCI (FICCI) has suggested the government to relax economic activities in a phased manner as well as maintain surveillance amid the decrease in coronavirus cases in the country.
According to FICCI, if a unit is capable of operating completely in isolation, following the rules of prevention from Kovid, then it should be allowed to work at all times. Even if it does not come under the purview of essential services and products. The industry body said the pace of the second wave has underlined that waiting too long for restrictions to be imposed could lead to a spike in cases, resulting in huge strain on the medical infrastructure.
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In a letter to Union Minister Piyush Goyal, FICCI said, “Learning from the first and second wave, we suggest a phased approach to allow economic activities.” It balances life and livelihood.” It has been said in the suggestion that even if the cases decrease rapidly, testing should continue as a surveillance. Giving examples, FICCI said that random testing of people should be carried out at places like airports, railway stations. Restrictions can be waived. According to FICCI, permission should be given in non-essential areas related to contact, activities related to leisure, retail etc. only when the infection rate is below 2.5 percent i.e. the risk situation is minimal.
According to FICCI, “the restrictions should continue until the majority of the country’s population receives at least one dose of the vaccine.”