Jamshedpur 5th June 2021: Following the state government’s approval to use oxygen cylinders in industrial activities earlier this week, around 900 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Adityapur are expected to resume production by next week after being shut for nearly two months.
Ever since the second wave of Covid-19 struck Jharkhand in April, the state government had to divert the supply of oxygen cylinders to hospitals from the industries, thereby forcing the latter to stop production.
And as a consequence, entrepreneurs and workers had to sit idle at home without work for the past two months.
The SMEs, which consist of a large chunk of Tata Motors’ ancillary units, require 2,000 units of oxygen cylinders every day.
“Nearly 90% of the SMEs need to use oxygen cylinders for manufacturing activities as it is a raw material for the industry,” Adityapur Small Industries Association (ASIA) president Inder Agarwal said.
The Department of Promotion of Industries and Internal Trade (DPIIT), which is a unit of the Union Ministry of Commerce and Trade, issued orders to all the states, asking them to take appropriate steps for resuming the supply of oxygen cylinders to industries on May 31.
Following which the state industries department on June 1 gave its approval for the use of oxygen cylinders in the production activities.