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Govt working on extra incentive for labour in essential services post lockdown

NEW DELHI: The consumer affairs and food processing ministries will prepare a proposal for additional incentive for labour involved in essential services to encourage them to come to work after April 14.
Sources said the framework will be ready soon and this is being done considering that manpower critical for ensuring essential supply chain and services may hesitate initially. Hence there is a need to give some incentive to such critical mass.
There is also a fear that labour workforce who are now stranded in cities may prefer going back to their native places. The government will need to offer something extra to them to stay back and work as soon as the umbrella lockdown is lifted, even if in a phased manner.
The government is also going to focus on movement of non-perishable items to the north eastern states and even the option of leveraging special charter planes of Indian Air Force special charter is being kept open for this.
“The focus is on ensuring that there is smooth movement of goods across country through all means of transportation when lockdown ends. There will be sudden increase in demand and supply chain has to meet that sudden requirement,” said a source.

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