Industries in rural Karnataka set to resume operation from April 20

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The Karnataka government is gearing up to reopen the industries operating in rural areas from April 20 in line with the central government’s phased relaxation in lockdown restrictions.

State Minister of Large and Medium Scale Industries Jagdish Shettar has been holding consultations with industrialists in various districts to open up the industries with lowering vigil against the Covid-19 pandemic.

He told news agency PTI that he has already completed consultations with industries in Dharward district in North Karnataka and would hold another meeting with the people of Bengaluru on April 20.

Shettar said that as per the Central Government guidelines, industries beyond the Municipal Corporation and Municipality areas have been allowed to reopen with certain norms and safeguards from Monday. In this background, industries in rural areas can resume operations. This will be helpful from the point of view of economy and will also provide employment to millions of workers.

He said that due to the lockdown, various industries of the state had suffered huge losses and thousands of workers lost jobs. He said that demands of certain industries for relief have been sent to the Center as those issues fall under the purview of the central government.

Meanwhile, the state reported 12 new positive cases on Saturday morning. Out of these, 11 are contacts of the people who had earlier test positive for Covid-19. With this the total number of positive cases in the state has gone up to 371 (with inputs from news agencies).

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