Maharashtra continues to see the highest daily new Covid-19 cases in the country. While announcing the much-needed lockdown order to curb the second wave of Covid-19, the Maharashtra government exempted essential services, medical services and transportation.
When the Maharashtra government has issued a new list of essential services on Monday, Mumbai based IT traders association ASIRT has also written a letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray to include IT Goods and Services as an essential services list when the Maharashtra government has issued a new list of essential services on Monday.
Tushar Shah, ASIRT president has urged to Maharashtra Government and appreciated the steps to impose night curfew and lockdown.
ASIRT with its letter requested that the organisations, be it Government or private enterprises or small businesses, today depends on Information Technology (IT) for their smooth operations and hence will need IT Goods and Services even during the lockdown period. It is observed that all the private offices are to be closed with effect from 8 pm of 5th April 2021 and they are encouraged to work from home (WFH). Even to enable WFH, they will require IT Services. It is imperative that Information Technology, as a backbone for all the essential services, including the common citizen’s day to day IT needs, be recognized as an Essential Service.
CCTV is also a critical security component being implemented by Government for visual surveillance. This also needs to be up and running under all circumstances and thus needs immediate and continuous support. Some of ASIRT members are active in installing and maintaining such installation across the Mumbai region.
ASIRT to Govt. of Maharashtra
- Include Information Technology and Security Goods and Services in the Essential Services list.
- Issue special passes to the staff of organisations providing IT services.
- Allow travel of IT service staff by buses & trains.
At 10,030 new cases, Mumbai registered its second-highest daily count after a record 11,163 infections were reported on April 4.