The measures come in the wake of the country’s exports likely to take a hit in the months ahead as international buyers have started looking at Pakistan, China and other countries for supplies amid uncertainty over delivery commitments as the pandemic rages.
Indian exporters are eyeing tie-ups with hospitals and setting up vaccination camps to fast track the immunisation of their employees, artisans and workers to avoid any disruptions in delivery of export orders.
While the 2,800-member Trade Promotion Council is tying up with local hospitals, the 11,000-member Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts has written to senior state officials in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and others to organise vaccination camps at major industrial clusters to help artisans involved in producing pottery, wood carving, brassware, embroidery, decorative items, glass and ceramics, among others.
Shahi Exports, India’s largest apparel manufacturer, has already conducted two vaccination camps for its employees in the 45 years and above age group as part of which almost 700 employees got vaccinated. The exporter has 8,000-odd employees.
The measures come in the wake of the country’s exports likely to take a hit in the months ahead as international buyers have started looking at Pakistan, China and other countries for supplies amid uncertainty over delivery commitments as the pandemic rages. Covid-19 cases in factories, supply-chain disruptions, raw material shortages and diversion of industrial oxygen for medical use have disrupted production across industries
Led by a sharp growth in exports of gems and jewellery, engineering goods and petroleum products, and supported by base effect, India’s outbound goods shipments in April rose a record 197.03% to $30.21 billion.
“We have requested our members to bear the cost of vaccination of their employees and not burden the government. This will help improve the vaccination rate too,” said Ajay Sahai, director general, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), which has almost 32,000 member companies.
Mohit Singla, founder chairman of TPCI, said the association is also in talks with the Indian embassy in Moscow to buy one million doses of Sputnik vaccine and partner with a healthcare provider to contribute to the country’s vaccination drive.
The Carpet Export Promotion Council has sought a common area for the artisans’ vaccination so that they don’t have to stand in queues. However, a shortage of vaccines has held back the vaccination plans of some.