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Economy to crank up today but Centre to keep tight vigil

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NEW DELHI: The Centre will keep a close watch on the resumption of economic activity from Monday but a senior government official said it doesn’t expect any wonders overnight.

“Let us see how the industry begins the operations. Even as we are permitting the industrial activity to begin from tomorrow (April 20), we realise there will be various issues regarding labour and raw material,” the government official told ET, indicating that these were early days and start could be slow. “We don’t expect wonders overnight.”

The government, which expects some economic activity to begin more rapidly in rural areas from April 20, will monitor the progress in the hotspots and keep a track of the Covid numbers, before taking a call on the “real exit”, which will be the stage when interstate transportation would be permitted.

“We will see how the hotspots perform and how the numbers of cases expand and the last exit – the real exit – will be the stages when interstate transportation of people through road, rail, airways is permitted, but we will have to wait for that,” the official said.

Even as the centre encourages states in opening up economic activities with standard operating procedures (SOPs), micro- level problems such as issuing of e-passes for workers persist.


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