CEOs won’t be punished if staffers test positive: Government
NEW DELHI: Dismissing fears of legal action against manufacturing facilities, including imprisonment of the CEO or temporarily sealing of the factory if an employee tests positive for Covid-19 on the premises during lockdown, the Centre on Thursday clarified that there is no such clause in the consolidated revised guidelines of April 15 and such apprehensions are ‘misplaced’.
In a letter to all states/Union territories, Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla has requested them to apprise industrial field establishments of the lockdown guidelines and not misuse them to harass the management of manufacturing/ commercial establishments.
“Some apprehensions, based on wrong interpretation of the guidelines, have been raised in the media and by some companies having manufacturing facilities,” Bhalla said.
He elaborated that the fears included legal action such as imprisonment of CEO and sealing of facility for three months if any employee is found Covid-19-positive, or sealing of factory for two days if precautionary measures not taken.
“I would like to clarify that there is no such clause in the consolidated revised guidelines and therefore there is no basis for such misplaced apprehensions,” the home secretary said.
“Covid-19 being a highly infectious epidemic, it is important that all workplaces take measures to ensure social distancing and follow standard health protocols as notified by the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW). Accordingly, appropriate safeguards at workplace have been prescribed in the national directives and SOPs ... The workplaces and industrial and commercial establishments are required to follow these guidelines,” said Bhalla.
The letter also clarified that the activities allowed under the consolidated revised guidelines of April 15 have subsumed all activities that were permitted under the March 24 guidelines (and as modified further), except in containment zones.
“Hence, it is clarified that the consolidated revised guidelines of April 15 do not curtail the exemptions already provided earlier, unless the exempted activity falls within a containment zone,” Bhalla said. It was also underlined that subject to compliance with the SOPs on social distancing, no fresh licence or statutory approval is required for resumption of permitted activities during the lockdown period.
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in a month and half, india will be totally free of Corona fear, but corona virus still will be there.
it is influenza like illness, more contagious, only few vulnerable hit breathing issue.
So, ensure good immune, hygeine. If people desciplined then Corona gets defeated.
Thanks to Central government and Modi and team.
VERY GOOD AND TIMELY MOVE BY THE GOVT, IT WILL BOOST CONFIDENCE IN EMPLOYERS TO OPEN UP WITHOUT FEAR.
In the first instance why such an order was published. If I cannot give a guarantee that no one in my home could be caught with Corona Virus how a CEO can guarantee that. Good that the Gocerbment understood it and removed the clause.
Manyam Raja Ram
The Govt. is in confused stage. There is no clarity about the policy matter.
Moron CEO of Indian IT firms .. they just want to use human resources as some macine assets, they wont mind risking life of their employeed and ask them to come to work
The C0r0navirus death rate for 80 years olds is 14.8%. Patients ages 70 to 79 years have a death rate of 8% and those ages 60 to 69 have a death rate of 3.6%. (Y0unger age gr0ups have l0wer death rates; 1.3% for those 50 to 59; 0.4% for the age gr0up 40 to 49; and just 0.2% for pe0ple ages 10 to 39.)
But some surprise checks should be made and corrections to be made.This could be for month or so.
It is better for govt to issue clear guidance to industries on starting the factories.These days all guidelines contain penal action, huge fines,jail terms etc.This should stop.These guidance should be withdrawn once the Corona virus is contained.
Why not Govt take action on such media ?
Madan Mohan Siddhanthi
How will knowan employee after office hours where all he goes and where he sleep & where he drinks and spends time - not all are in this category -if some rascals catch & spread , we can not punish the CEO
Subba Iyer Mani
Some sectors like automotive are inundated with unsold inventory and it is difficult for them to restart activities. Infrastructure can restart which will give impetus to cement, steel etc . Everybody is sitting on sharp pins and hoping situation will improve.
Wonder if the government was also planning to file an FIR against every Chief Minister if any state government employee was to test positive.
That Is not possible....... they make rules for others not for themselves
There would be more no. of cases, if manufacturing facilities open at this time..
There should be no double standards. Will Feku be punished if his stooges test positive? However, Feku has to pay exemplary damages to the people for his irresponsible and reckless inaction that helped spread the coronavirus. Feku wasted precious two months to prepare for the coronavirus and let the virus run its course. India could have followed the South Korean model to contain the outbreak without any lockdown if Feku took the coronavirus seriously from the start.
Pradeep Kumar C K
Finally some clarity on this rule. Most of the companies haven't started their activities due this rule alone. It will be a great relief to many people.
Find and punish the persons responsible for spreading such fake news first.
Good move. Let's see what happens.
fine print....only workers will be fired
This is a good step but CEO must take care of social distancing and sanitization.
Govt should should make CEO responsible for any staffers test positive
Narrenderrr Modi who is PM of Gujarat has finished Indian economy already