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Karnataka garment industry seeks permit to remain open

Apr 29, 2021
Karnataka garment industry seeks permit to remain open

Bengaluru, Karnataka

The Karnataka Employers’ Association (KEA) has urged the Karnataka state government to let the garment factories function normally with at least 50% attendance and strict COVID-19 measures.

The state government recently imposed a state-wide lockdown allowing only construction and manufacturing activities to take place.

BC Prabhakar, President, KEA has mentioned that after the agricultural sector, the garment industry employed maximum workers, around 8 lakh just in Karnataka, and allowing a minimal 50% strength will help the employees. He added that with the recent opening of European markets, work at garment factories have picked up and a delay in delivering finished goods will cause penalties and job losses. Moreover, if the timelines aren’t met, foreign buyers shift to neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh, which will lead to permanent business or order loss as well.

Prabhakar further added that raw materials shipped by suppliers have to be downloaded and stored else the factories will be burdened with transportation charges and demurrages. He also said that the small-time cotton cultivating enterprises will be hit by the full closure in Karnataka. He stated that a total closure might lead to corrosion of machinery which needs maintenance and forces migrant workers from North India to leave back to their hometown causing labour shortage.

Jayaram, President, Garment and Textile Workers’ Union, said that several employees had to work and compensate for the absence during the 2020 lockdown in the later months.

Prabhakar assured that the garment industries are already following all the guidelines and are additionally monitored by foreign buyers who follow UN protocols for strict compliance.

Source: The Hindu, The Hindu Business Line

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