No industrial unit will be shut during the weekend lockdown in UP

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No industrial unit will be shut during the weekend lockdown in UP

Saturday, 24 April 2021 | PNS | Lucknow

In a huge relief to industrial, Yogi Adityanath government allowed all manufacturing units to continue operations even during weekend lockdowns and night curfews. Uttar Pradesh has become a hub for manufacturing of mobile phones, televisions and most importantly the component makers, which run continuous processing units with 24-hour shifts. Recently even South Korean technology major Samsung has begun the production of mobile display panels at its factory in Noida.
As per the directions issued by Chief Secretary RK Tewari, no industrial unit will be shut during the weekend lockdown   and district magistrates have been directed to ensure the compliance of the direction. The operating officers of the manufacturing units have been asked to issue identity cards and also facility for the transportation of the workers. The industrial units have been asked to ensure the compliance of the covid protocol like social distancing, use of mask and sanitisers.
The industry has welcomed the government order. “UP has taken an excellent step of permitting industries to operate continuously even in the curfew period,” chairman of India Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA) Pankaj Mohindroo said.
“PCBA (printed circuit board assembly) for electronics products are manufactured using SMT (Surface Mount Technology). SMT machines run continuously 24x7 without any breaks. This is mainly because these machines require high start-up time, eight to ten hours, if there are breaks in between. Particularly component placement and reflow oven machines need running without any break,” he said. “However, the only challenge is that since public transport will not be running, companies will have to arrange transport for workers,” he added.
“This is a very appropriate, prudent and sensible decision by the UP government that will keep the wheels of the economy running. The permission will help us avoid any operational inefficiency and keep up the component supply to critical industries like medical equipment,” said a leading PCBA maker based in Noida.

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