Karnataka allows export units to resume amid talks of lockdown extension


The State Government on Wednesday allowed 100% export oriented industries to operate with half their staff strength amid thinking in the government of extending the lockdown by another week.

The lockdown is scheduled to end on June 7, and chief minister BS Yediyurappa assessed the latest Covid19 situation at a meeting with senior ministers and officials. They also discussed the Centre’s desire to continue with strict control measures till the positivity rate slips below 5%.

Home minister Basavaraj Bommai told reporters at Haveri that the chief minister will take the final call on lockdown extension on Saturday after his district tour of Belagavi and assessing the pandemic situation in districts.

Officials said in Bengaluru that the government is expected to begin relaxations in certain areas to partially allow economic activities in view of Karnataka‘s precarious financial position. Industry bodies have urged the chief minister to let all of them resume manufacturing activities as the US and Europe have markets fully opened and are booming.

The government on Wednesday also asked export oriented units with 1000 plus staffers to subject at least 10% of them to Covid-19 tests twice a week.



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