The COVID-19 pandemic has extensively disrupted the constitution and functioning of the entire World. India accounts for 14.4% of the overall number of COVID-19 cases, making it the second worst hit country in the world. This appalling figure has especially risen due to the ongoing macabre second wave of COVID-19 in the country.
On account of the agonizing crisis born out of the second wave of the COVID-19, the Indian Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have lost more than 50 percent export orders. The pain was furthered by roadblocks in logistics and supply chain, inter-state restrictions, mass exodus of migrant workforce and cash flow issues. In view of the prevailing situation and partial lockdown imposed by the state governments, most government offices are either closed or are functioning with inadequate staff. All these have created severe bottlenecks and crippled the state of Indian manufacturing. However, the objective of SEZ has always been to ensure ameliorate the process by providing relaxations in compliances which have to be met by units / Developers / Co-developers of SEZs.
In order to felicitate the SEZ, the Government has given relaxation for the following compliances -
Moreover, the Development Commissioners have been instructed to ensure that Developers /Co-Developers / Units shall not face any difficulties and no punitive action is taken in the following cases –
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