Ensure production of essential items not impacted: Modi tells India Inc
   Date :24-Mar-2020
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked captains of India Inc to ensure that production of essential items is not impacted in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and there is no hoarding and black marketing. During his interaction with leaders of India Inc, the prime minister also asked them to allow employees to work from home, said an official release. “The impact on the economy will be felt for some time to come,” said Modi as he exhorted India Inc to adopt a humanitarian approach and not to cut down on workforce in spite of the COVID-19 negative impact on their businesses.
“Prime Minister said that while the Government was working on giving fillip to the pace of growth in the country, an unforeseen hurdle in the form of COVID-19 came in front of the economy. “He said that the challenge posed by the pandemic is graver than even that posed by the World Wars and we need to be on constant vigil to prevent its spread,” the release said. Industry representatives from Assocham, FICCI, CII and several local chambers from 18 cities across the country participated in the interaction with the Prime Minister through video-conferencing.
Modi asked the industry “to allow employees to work from home” wherever doing so is feasible through using technology, the release said. He exhorted them to adopt a humanitarian approach and not to cut down on workforce in spite of the negative impact on their businesses. PM to interact with people in Varanasi: PM Modi will interact with the people of his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi on Wednesday in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. “I will interact with the people of my constituency of Varanasi on the situation arising out of coronavirus. You can join this conversation through video conferencing at 5 pm on March 25. If you have any suggestion or question, can share it by going to the comment section of the NaMo app,” he tweeted.

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PM thanks Afghanistan, B’desh for contributing to emergency fund
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday thanked Bangladesh and Afghanistan for contributing to the COVID-19 emergency fund for SAARC countries, saying the challenge can be overcome by working together. “Grateful to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh for announcing USD 1.5 million as contribution to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Through our solidarity and working together, we will overcome challenges posed by COVID-19,” Modi said. He also thanked Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani for his contribution to the emergency fund. “Thank you Afghanistan, for contributing USD 1 million to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund in solidarity with our South Asian neighbourhood. Tashakkur President Ashraf Ghani,” he said. Besides Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal have contributed to the fund. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan Government also pledged to contribute USD 5 million to SAARC Coronavirus Emergency Fund proposed by Prime Minister Modi with an initial offer of USD 10 million from India to help combat the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic in the region.