Coronavirus Outbreak: Govt to extend all possible support to industry for revival, says union minister VK Singh

The government will extend all possible support to the industry for the revival of economic activities hit by COVID-19, Union minister VK Singh said on Monday

Press Trust of India April 13, 2020 19:31:09 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Govt to extend all possible support to industry for revival, says union minister VK Singh

New Delhi: The government will extend all possible support to the industry for the revival of economic activities hit by COVID-19 , Union minister VK Singh said on Monday.

The Minister of State for Roads, Transport and Highways was addressing about 100 participants in a webinar on logistics issues arising due to Covid -19, organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

"We need to accept that the present time is not normal and hence we need to act wisely and patiently in overcoming the hurdles caused by the spread of COVID-19 and not take hasty decisions as the same will lead to difficult times which will be difficult to manage," Singh said.

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He urged the Chamber to come up with effective suggestions on a smoother and faster revival of economic activities and assured that the government will surely act on them and support the trade and industry in its welfare and growth.

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"The government has done extensive meetings with various industry bodies to come out with a revival plan, as not only the industry but also the Prime Minister is concerned over the halt on the economic activities and the government is doing its best to frame a model to restart the economic activities in the country," he said.

DK Aggarwal, President PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry suggested that economic activities be started in the 400 districts which have not been impacted by COVID-19 with the complete observation of precautions, underlined by the WHO and the government.

"We urge the government to provide a relief package of at least 5 percent of India's GDP which comes to a total of Rs 11 lakh crore. Out of Rs 11 lakh crore the government has already provided a stimulus package of Rs 1.7 lakh crore and India's trade and industry awaits the relief package of remaining around Rs 9 lakh crore," Aggarwal said.

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