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Garment units in Tiruppur to stay shut due to Covid

May 27, 2021
Garment units in Tiruppur to stay shut due to Covid

Tiruppur, Chennai

Tamil Nadu government has decided to shut down the garment manufacturing units that are involved in exports to global markets as the number of coronavirus cases is increasing in the garment factories in Tiruppur district.

The industry was previously exempted when the state ordered the lockdown of 15 days in May and was allowed to fulfil its commitments related to exports. But as more workers got infected with the virus between April and May, the garment sector decided to shut its operations. 6 units were closed in a period of 3 days.

According to a senior health official, after the meeting conducted by Tiruppur health authorities with the garment factory owners, the operations will be suspended during the week. He also added that the units have become a cluster so they will be demarcated as containment zones.

According to M Raja Shanmugam, President, Tiruppur Exporters Association, the industry will have to face huge losses during the shutdown period. He also added that in the second wave, the western markets have resumed work while India has been isolated. This will lead to a situation wherein the units will take time to pick up. According to him, the units were following standard operating procedures but the social events before lockdown cause the spread of the virus.

As per Viyakula Mary, Executive Director, Tirupur-based SAVE, many migrant workers have moved to their hometowns. 

Source – Hindustan Times

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