Workspace odyssey: Returning to work in a new world

A band jamming over video calls, an entrepreneur moves office to her dining table: What going back to work means in a pandemic
By: Madhu Kapparath, Naini Thaker
Published: Aug 1, 2020
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Anand: Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (Amul) dairy plant

Since the lockdown was announced, there hasn't been a day when Amul plants stopped working. “We started getting 15 percent more milk, because small players such as dairies and shops stopped buying milk from dairy farmers,” says RS Sodhi, MD, GCMMF. Apart from working at full capacity, Amul also had to hire four extra plants to handle the additional milk. “We had no option but to ensure milk was supplied since we are a source of livelihood for about 3.6 million farmers,” he says. Amul has a robust supply chain, wherein close to 1 lakh partners are involved. During the lockdown, food and living arrangements were made for all their workers, including transporters, cleaners and labourers, so that they didn’t have to travel.