GUWAHATI, April 9 - After chairing a review meeting of the Industry and Transport departments, Industries Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary today said that if an industrial unit needs to reopen, then it has to first apply for permission from the respective Deputy Commissioners.
�The DCs in consultation with health officials may grant permission only to those industries producing essential commodities like biscuits, soap, sanitizers, pharmaceutical products, fertilizers, pesticides etc. As far as the industry department is concerned, it is going to be very careful in reopening of all industries as in the current situation, safety is foremost,� stated the Minister.
So far, 137 industrial units like rice mill, flour mill, pharmaceutical industries, cattle feed, bakery units etc. have reopened in the State after getting due permission from the respective Deputy Commissioners.
Patowary said that the Transport Department has facilitated in mobilisation of trucks at 12 locations for unloading of rakes of rice, food items, cement etc. 800 trucks loaded with essential commodities have been transported for different destinations in Assam. One nodal officer each from NF Railway, Assam Police, Transport and Food and Civil Supplies departments have been ensuring smooth transportation of goods and trucks.
The Transport Minister directed that District Transport Officers (DTOs) in all the districts must assist the police in facilitating the movement of these trucks in their respective districts. �DTOs posted at inter-state border districts of Assam must maintain a record of the number of trucks entering and leaving the State,� added Patowary.