Never experienced such crisis, will take 3 yrs to overcome challenges: Ravi Pillai on COVID
Dubai: Coronavirus which rapidly spreads across the country has made a serious impact on the world economy. Popular personalities in the business sector can easily identify these changes. Though most of the people are on a break from their job, industrialists are not able to simply sit and relax amid lockdown.
PR Group chairman Ravi Pillai revealed that he needs to monitor all activities in his firms without failure. He has been supervising his business through video conference from his residence in Bahrain.
He says that he is not happy about the virtual job amid the coronavirus scare.
“These days are not at all special for me. I am not happy with it,” said Ravi Pillai.
The businessman who used to tour across the world as part of his work has been continuing in Bahrain since the last 15 days. He noted that it is a very rare moment in his life as he never stays at a particular place for such long period.
When the Indian government organized a grand party for US President Donald Trump, Ravi Pillai, who is a popular NRI businessman, was also among the invitees.
He returned to Muscat after the event from Delhi. Unfortunately, from then he never returned to India as he got stranded following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Now, all plans and projects are postponed. I am really worried about the COVID-19 outbreak in Kerala and UAE, said Ravi Pillai.
Though he is away from his firms, he always connects with his employees daily.
“I am shocked to receive emails from top officials in the western countries seeking prayers over coronavirus scare. I never experienced such a disaster in my life. I am sure people below 100 years never experienced such a crisis. I think the world will take at least 3 years to overcome the challenges from the pandemic. Compared to Europe and the US, India will not suffer much loss. I hope, life in Kerala will be back to normal by next month,” said the businessman.
At the same time, he noted that Maharashtra will be the worst-hit state from the disease.
Construction and tourism sectors are most affected by the virus outbreak. The hospitality sector is almost under collapse. A lot of effort and time is necessary to regain everything in these sectors. Italy and Spain are also facing challenges from the pandemic outbreak, he added.
Ravi Pillai also appreciated the union government’s decision to impose nationwide lockdown when more cases started to emerge.
He also hailed the preventive measures taken by Kerala.
“Preventive measures and activities under Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will control the spread of the disease. If all the activities go like this, Kerala will win the battle against coronavirus,” Ravi Pillai expressed hope.
The businessman also revealed that he has taken action to provide all necessary support to the families of over one lakh employees of his firms. He noted that his staff in European countries will also get aid.