New Delhi: FMCG major Britannia Industries on Thursday urged the government to ensure inter-state movement of the raw material for the food processing industry during the three-week lockdown, imposed to prevent a pandemic of Covid-19.
The government should issue necessary permits immediately to all people who are part of the food industry supply chain, said Britannia in a statement.
The supply chain includes suppliers of raw materials and packaging materials, food manufacturing factories, factory workers, transporters of materials and finished goods, depots, wholesalers, distributors, and their salespersons.
“Necessary permits need to be immediately issued to all of them,” said Britannia Industries MD Varun Berry.
Supporting the government’s effort, he said intervention is required to restore supply chains with immediate effect.
According to him, the food industry supply chain is disaggregated and dependent on the inter-state movement of goods. Due to the nature of the materials, inventories across the chain are low.
“If even one link in the supply chain is broken, the country could run out of stocks of packaged food in the next 7-10 days,” he said.