Confederation of Indian Industry organised a digital seminar on new dimensions to environment, health and safety – recent challenges and measures, recently.
Addressing the seminar through a digital platform, R Karikal Valaven, IAS, Special Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh sought inputs from CII to upgrade the industrial estates in the state. He also, stressed on safety measures in re-starting of industry in the State and mentioned about the restart packages announced by Government to support the industry. He also said that Government has plan to set up more airports and seaports in the state to accelerate growth and development. He expressed keen interest to interact more frequently with CII members to understand and address the concerns of Industry in a time bound manner.
R Karikal Valaven, said that that Andhra Pradesh Government will be happy to support setting up of various industries under the MSME category and shortly involve CII representatives in state government committees.
B Udaylaxmi, IAS, Principal Secretary, Labour, Factories, Boilers and Insurance, Medical, Services Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh in her address mentioned about the higher standards to be set for EHS management and this requires a structured approach to the identification of hazards and the evaluation and control of work related risks. She infact said that EHS policy should clearly outline the role and expectation for the organization to prevent and mitigate human and economic losses, comply with laws, regulations and should be revised at regular intervals.
In his keynote address, Raju B Ketkale, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motors shared his experience about restarting operations after COVID -19 lockdown. He spoke about the new normal at their plant, starting from home to work and maintaining social distancing, wearing of mask, hand sanitizing, daily self declaration which have been made mandatory in all areas of work.
D Ramakrishna, Chairman, CII Andhra Pradesh spoke about the impact of lockdown and the pandemic which has a severe economic impact on the activities in the state. The way forward is to re-engineer our business, processes and products, he added. Employees have to work as per the new normal and the companies have to adjust to the changed customer preferences, he said. To help in the changed environment, CII Andhra Pradesh has constituted a task force Covid – 19 to represent industry issues to Government and also work with all the stakeholders.