A day after advocating a nationwide lockdown and curtailment of economic activity to control the spread of Covid-19, CII President Uday Kotak on Monday called on the industry to take voluntary measures to break the chain of transmission of the virus.

Reiterating ‘safeguarding lives’ as the highest collective national priority amidst the second wave of Covid-19 that is ravaging India, Kotak urged the industry “to curtail all non-essential economic activity requiring physical presence of employees at the workplace, for the next two week.”

Industry should review operations and minimise the use of in person manpower, limiting it to only critical operations or activities required by law, Kotak was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the industry body.

Kotak on Sunday said that the government should heed advice of experts– both at home and abroad– to tackle the mounting pressure on India’s healthcare system as a result of the virus.

India last week crossed the grim milestone of adding 400,000 new Covid cases in a single day. India’s Covid-19 caseload as of Monday stood at 1,99,25,604 cases.

CII and industry are working shoulder to shoulder with the government, in tackling the massive tsunami of Covid infections that has hit India, causing much suffering, the industry body said in the statement.

The industry is lending a helping hand augmenting the critical oxygen supplies and bed capacities, CII said, adding that production capacities of medicines and other medical supplies are being ramped up.

“However, in spite of all efforts the overall numbers continue to rise. The healthcare system and medical personnel are stretched to the limit and exhausted,” Kotak said.

Measures to break the chain of transmission are of paramount importance to mitigate human tragedy and loss of lives, alongside augmenting health infrastructure and medical supplies”, he added.

Several auto majors like Maruti Suzuki, Hero MotoCorp, JCB India, MG Motor, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, have taken the lead halting production temporarily or advancing maintenance schedules in the interest of the safety of their employees.

Service sector organisations such as

,which is led by Kotak, TCS, and Infosys have adopted work from home.

CII has suggested making testing available for employees whose presence at the workplace is necessary for critical operations, besides making quarantine facilities available for infected employees, as proactive measures.

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