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                                                                                   Panaji : March 27, 2020

Governor of Goa Shri. Satya Pal Malik  has appealed private business houses, hotel industry to extend their support in combating the pandemic of COVID 19.

Governor in his statement has expressed that in order to tackle the problem of COVID-19 a systematic approach and mobilization of all stake holders especially the private sectors is required.  Thus private sectors/ business  houses must proactively  contribute in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have to play an important role in ensuring the supplies of protective equipments and medical devices. Businesses that have manufacturing capabilities can contribute in supplying critical medical products such as  personal protective equipments, N95 respiratory face mask and hand sanitizers, Governor said.

Private Labs which have been allowed to do tests of COVID-19 can make significant contribution by testing at zero cast to the poor. Big industrial houses need to came forward to help in building infrastructure and offering hospitals  and quarantine facilities dedicated towards treating COVID cases.

Governor Shri. Malik has further stated that private businesses and employers also have responsibilities towards its employees. They should ensure that their staffs especially those who are not on permanent contract are continued to be paid.

Governor also urged private business sectors, industrial houses to contribute wholeheartedly towards COVID-19 relief fund so as to fight this pandemic.

Although the Government is taking care of the less privileged people the migrant workers, the daily wages workers, poor people it is also responsibility on the part of private business and employers hotel industry to extent  help in providing free food and shelter to needy people. Contribution from private sector will help the State in big way, Governor added.