A day after proposing tougher restrictions on economic activity to contain the “ suffering ” of the pandemic, CII chairman Uday Kotak on Monday urged companies to take “ voluntary measures ” to break the chain of COVID transmission by minimizing all activities requiring in-person presence. at the workplace for the next two weeks.

Automakers such as Maruti Suzuki, Hero MotoCorp, JCB India and Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India have taken the lead in temporarily halting production or advancing maintenance schedules to protect their employees, Kotak said. Likewise, service sector companies such as Kotak Mahindra Bank, TCS and Infosys have adopted a work-from-home system.

“The health care system and the medical workforce are being taken to extremes and exhausted. Measures to break the chain of transmission are of paramount importance in alleviating human tragedies and loss of life, along with increasing health infrastructure and medical supplies, ”Kotak said, asking All companies’ responsible ‘to strive to protect their employees and employees’ balance sheet remains healthy.

Stressing that “saving lives” is now the highest collective national priority, Kotak reiterated the urgent need to heed expert advice on containing the spread.