Bhubaneswar, April 15 (Local Wire): The Cold Storage operators from the state have demanded exemptions and waivers on several services in the state keeping in mind the losses and expenditures during the lockdown.
The Cold Storage Association of Odisha has now written to the Chief Minister and the Agriculture Department seeking relaxation in payments.
It has asked for relaxation of power dues, no penalty on late payment of electricity bills, waiver of some fees levied by the government and asking banks to not put pressure on the industrial units for re-payment during lockdown.
The association said that out of around 144 cold storages in the state of Odisha,merely 40 of them are in functional condition running at a capacity utilisation of around 25-40% of their potential.
“It would not be far off when they would become sick and become out of operation, if adequate support is not extended from the government, at the earliest,” the association said in a memorandum to the CM.