File photo: Chandra Mohan Patowary

More than 1400 industrial units and tea gardens have reopened in Assam even as the nationwide lockdown to contain COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Assam Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary informed that 764 industries have been permitted to reopen.

Till date 25,991 workers have been engaged in these industrial units, that is an average of 35 workers in each industry.

Altogether 783 big tea gardens and 1.18 lakh small tea gardens have been reopened, while 508 tea factories and 296 bought-leaf factories are re-operating in the state.

As many as 7.33 lakh workers are being engaged in the big tea gardens and 3 lakh workers are being engaged in the small tea gardens.

Meanwhile, Patowary on April 30 visited two industrial units – Sun Pharma at Palashbari and ITC at Rampur to inspect the compliance of COVID-19 safety norms.

These units are manufacturing essential medicines and essential food commodities respectively.

He expressed happiness in learning the fact that the next new plant of Sun Pharma would be set up in Assam.

As part of its COVID-19 relief efforts, Sun Pharma has distributed hand sanitizers, masks at police stations, gaon panchayat offices, and has undertaken cleaning and sanitization of road and shops around Mirza-Palashbari road with Fire and Emergency team.

The minister inspected the production facility unit of the ITC plant to check the execution of safety standards.

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