Karachi, April 04, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that it is not possible to lift lockdown but it may be eased after April 14, depending on conditions. Addressing a meeting with leading industrialists and exporters here on Saturday at CM House said that he would discuss with his cabinet members and government officials to see how and under which conditions and SOPs, if necessary, export-based industry could be allowed to start operation.
He said that the government is facing difficulties in payment of salaries for the current month but he would manage. He said the lock down could not be withdrawn immediately but it would be eased out after April 14. He said that so far no Coronavirus case has been detected in slum areas and katchi abadies.
The industrialist told the CM that they had received export orders and if they failed to export their finished goods the orders would be withdrawn. This would not only be detrimental to the national economy but it is bound to damage their credibility in the international market, they said. They proposed that the exporters/factories which have labour colonies be allowed to start operation in the first phase and then in next phases the others industries be allowed to work. They assured that they would ensure proper social distancing in the labour colonies.
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