During this lockdown, a majority of the firms engaging in production of essential products and supply of ancillary goods are facing constrained operations in production and supply of essential goods and services. Firms have revealed that access to manpower and movement of products have emerged as major constraints in essentials trade, be it manufacturing or warehousing & transport or retail sales of these essential commodities. While the government has allowed manufacture, transportation and distribution of essentials, the enforcement at the local level has implemented the lockdown on essential commodities as well as services.
On the jobs front, about 52 per cent of the firms foresee job losses, in their respective sectors, resulting from the Impact of Covid-19 outbreak and the ensuing lockdown. While the proportion of jobs that are expected to be cut are quite staggering, a significant share of firms polled (47 per cent) expect less than 15 per cent job loss, CII
said. However, a worryingly high 32 per cent of firms expect to shed about 15–30 per cent of jobs, once the lockdown ends.
“The government could announce a fiscal stimulus package and implement it on fast-track mode, given that the lockdown has significantly impacted industry operations and the uncertainty of a recovery threatens substantial loss of livelihoods going forward”, said Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII.