The nationwide lockdown and sealing of interstate borders has adversely hit the Indian pharma industry despite having been allowed to function under the essential commodity category.
The lockdown and curfew in many states has broken the medicine supply chain. The pharma unit owners say they were compelled to stop manufacturing activity as some ancillary units that make foil, packaging material and printers have shut down.
Chandigarh-based entrepreneur Vibhor Jain says the factory workers, most of them women, were hesitant to come to work fearing police action. He says, Social media has presented a negative image of the police who were anyway facing difficulties trying to control the people to maintain social distancing.