JAMMU, Apr 10: Industrial houses of the Union Territory of J&K made contributions to the J&K Relief Fund in support of the government for fighting the COVID 19 Pandemic.
The Industrial houses were mobilized by the Director Industries & Commerce Jammu, Anoo Malhotra to contribute generously in the J&K Relief Fund for which a general appeal has also been made by the Government of J&K.
The industrial groups like Saraswati Agrochemicals (Rs. 5 lakh), Emcure Pharmaceuticals (Rs 2 lakh plus Hydroxy Chloro Quinine Tablets 50,000 nos for Food and Drug Control Organization worth Rs. 3 lakh), U-Flex (Rs 15 lakh), PBI Industries (Rs. 1 lakh), Amar Roller Flour Mills (Rs. 1 lakh) and Grauer & Weil (Rs. 11 lakh) represented by their local Directors/ higher executives including Suraj Bansal, Satish Koul, I P Singh, Sanjay Puri, Bhushan Gupta and J P Singh presented the cheques to K.K Sharma, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor in the presence of Director Industries & Commerce Jammu. General Manager DIC Jammu Subah Mehta and General Manager DIC Kathua were also present on the occasion.
GM DIC Kathua informed that the President of Kathua Industrial Units Association Ajeet Bawa has also conveyed that their Association shall be contributing Rs 15 lakh to J&K Relief Fund and the same shall be handed over tomorrow.
Malhotra thanked the Advisor for steering the department in these trying times and ensuring the resumption of manufacturing activities for essential items by the concerned units. She also spoke high of the Industrial fraternity which has always stood up in support of the government in times of need.
Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, IAS, Commissioner Secretary Industries & Commerce Department appreciated the gesture of unit holders and hoped that they will continue their support in this challenging fight against COVID pandemic.
He hoped that more industrialists shall come forward in support of the Government in this hour of need.
During the course of interaction Satish Koul apprised the advisor that despite being offered higher salary, the workers are not ready to resume their duties in view of the fact that their salaries for the period of lockdown shall be paid in full by the Companies due to which it has become very difficult to run the units where the permission for operating the same has been granted by the Director Industries. The supply of essential items may be difficult to maintain under such circumstances.
Other industrialists highlighted the importance of Packaging Material for the industry and requested to allow more Packaging units to resume their activities.
Advisor K K Sharma gave a patient hearing to the issues raised by the Industrial representatives. He thanked the industrial houses for their concern and contribution in fight against the pandemic and assured them to look into the issues highlighted by them and shall ensure that these are addressed suitably. Finally the Advisor stressed the need for maintaining social distancing, use of sanitizers and masks along with following proper hygiene by the workers in the factories.