‘Factory’s licence will be terminated if it fails to maintain standards,’ orders Ludhiana DC

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He further said that if any person decides to stay back, the government will provide them with both boarding/lodging and food.(File/Reprresentational Image)

District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana Pradeep Kumar Agrawal on Sunday said industrial units can apply for permission to operate from the general manager, District Industries Centre, by sending an email to curfewpermissionforindustry@gmail.com or contact him by phone (9417048930). He clarified that before granting permission, the district administration would carry out a detailed inspection of their premises on whether or not they can provide quarantine facility to their staff/workers. In case of any violation in this regard, their licenses would be terminated immediately.

In view of the lockdown in the district, industrial establishments have been closed and workers/officials/employees from other states who were working there have started their journeys back home. Some of them have started their journey on foot, which is a violation of the lockdown orders, said the DC.

'Cannot be forced to pay rent'

To provide relief to such workers/officials/employees, Agrawal has issued an order under the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, stating that house/vehra owners where such tenants reside should not demand this month's rent from them, and that it can be taken a month later. If any persons demands rent from these persons, then he/she will be fined or face imprisonment or both. The DC said that complaints regarding such violations can be reported at 0161-2401347, 0161-2402347.

He further said that if any person decides to stay back, the government will provide them with both boarding/lodging and food.