MUMBAI: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray reached out to industrialists from the state and has sought their assistance in the fight against Covid-19. Thackeray has sought help in production and supply of oxygen, increasing medical infrastructure, setting up testing centers, speeding up vaccinations.
Thackeray has appealed to the corporate community to set up oxygen production plants using modern technology in their premises and to assist the state with its supply. Principal secretary (health) Dr Pradeep Vyas said that the Covid cases in the state are on the rise and the doubling rate has fallen to merely 40 days and with the cases on the rise the requirement for oxygen too is expected to go up.
“We are in dire need of oxygen as the cases have surged. I wasn’t able to speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this issue yesterday as he is busy with the elections in West Bengal. But we are hopeful that we will receive all assistance from them,”said Thackeray.
Thackeray has also said that the businesses should use their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds to take up public welfare schemes like providing free meals to the workers in their premise and even to the needy in their vicinity.
Thackeray has also said that a task force consisting of industrialists for better co-ordination will be set up on the line of the Covid task force. He also said that preparation to deal with the third wave of the infection should be undertaken by the industries so that facilities and adopt a system so that if a third wave of Covid-19 hits us, it will not harm the industry and the economy.
“We don’t know how many waves this infection has but we must prepare for the third wave by setting up of all Covid appropriate facilities,” said Thackeray.