Government to India Inc: Pay salaries to employees on time1 min read . Updated: 19 Mar 2020, 09:54 PM IST
- The commerce ministry put the India Inc on alert to take necessary measures to prevent spread of Covid-19
- The commerce ministry also advised companies to encourage maximum number of employees to work from home, wherever possible
At a time Covid-19 hit Indian companies are contemplating lay-offs, the government has asked India Inc to make payments to employees and small firms on time.
In an advisory to the industry bodies such as Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry , Confederation of Indian Industry and Assocham dated 14 March, the commerce ministry put the India Inc on alert to take necessary measures to prevent spread of Covid-19.
“Take care of conditions and regular payments of wages to contract workers, while continuing to support their livelihood," the commerce ministry said in the letter reviewed by Mint.
The commerce ministry also advised companies to encourage maximum number of employees to work from home, wherever possible. It also asked companies to sanitise factories effectively, especially where larger number of people are employed. “Sanitisers may be kept at the entry, exit and other relevant points of work places and factories. Temperature of each worker to be monitored at the time of entry," it added. The ministry also asked companies to increase CSR activity in terms of support to public health system.
The advisory seems to have put the Indian companies on alert with most of them quickly putting in place measures to prevent spread of the coronavirus.
Industry body CII on Thursday asked its member companies not to lay off their employees. "We are requesting our members to hold on to their staff and not do layoffs as far as possible and take care of small service providers as far as possible," CII president Vikram Kirloskar told PTI in an interview.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on Thursday also urged the business world and high income segments of society to look after the economic interests of all the people who provide them services. “In the coming few days it is possible these people may not be able to come to office or your homes. In such a case, do treat them with empathy and humanity and not deduct their salaries. Always keep in mind that they too need to run their homes, protect their families from illness," he added.