Ludhiana:Most of the industry workers from Uttar Pradesh have planned to visit their state for upcoming elections which are going to be held in the month of March. Most of the migrant labour in different industries are from UP and summer season production has started and this would affect the industrialists production.
Now, there will be an acute shortage of skilled labor in stitching garment and knitwear industry in Ludhiana due to which the industry has to work on mere 50 percent workforce as most of the migrant laborers are from UP.
Industry leaders say that many years ago there only Punjabi labour was there in the hosiery and garment industry in Ludhiana that has been taken over by the migrant labour now. The city is called ‘Manchester of India’ due to the presence of large number of hosiery and textile industry.
One of the prominent industrialist’s owners of JM Exports Jagjot Singh said that there would be an acute shortage of not only stitching laborer but all workers in the industry in coming days as laborers have already asked for holidays due to coming elections in UP.
“But as 70 percent work in the knitwear and garment industry is related to stitching, the requirement of these labor increases to a great extent. At present, the skilled labor are less in the industry and mostly raw hands are brought in and trained by other laborers themselves” said Singh.
Vinod Thapar, chairman Knitwear Club said, “Now, it is summer production time as orders have been taken by the manufacturers but now laborers from Uttar Pradesh are set to leave to their state for casting their votes. However, knitwear industry needs skilled labor and instant no skilled labour is available though production will be slowed”.
Charanjiv Singh secretary at Knitwear said that at present the industry is working on very less workforce than required. “Knitwear industry requires labors that are skilled. There are many schemes launched by state and central government for providing skilled training to the labourer but these need implementation as well as proper streamlining” said Singh.
He further added that many industrial units dealing in garment, knitwear and shawl industry had come together to provide training to the stitching labourers. “I have also got verbal confirmation in which units are ready to form clusters and provide training of different forms of stitching required in the industry to the workforce” said Singh and added that there were however, some difficulties that need to be sorted out.
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