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Ludhiana & Surat textile units brace for self-lockdown

May 01, 2021
Ludhiana & Surat textile units brace for self-lockdown

Ludhiana, Punjab

With the unmanageable spread of COVID-19 cases in the country, the hosiery and textile industry of Ludhiana announced that they will be going on a self-imposed lockdown from Monday to Wednesday of this week and from Saturday to Wednesday in the next week.

According to Tarun Jain Bawa, President, Bahadurke Textile and Knitwear Association, the situation in the country is getting worse every day and a complete lockdown is what is needed to control the same. He also added that the government should not be allowing anyone to open their industry or shop for at least 7 days to break the chain and bring down the number of cases.

According to Vipan Vinayak, President, Knit and Fab Hosiery Association, about 38 associations will take part in this voluntary lockdown. It is to be noted that the death of Dinesh Lakra, a Ludhiana-based textile industrialist, because of COVID complications, had come as a shock to the city’s textile industry.

In Surat too, the Federation of Powerloom Weavers’ Welfare Association (FOGWA) has decided to opt for a self-lockdown for 15 days for a majority of its powerlooms between May 1 and May 15. The textile trading shops were closed on April 28t and will reopen on May 5.

Most of the diamond industries in the city will operate with 50% staff capacity as there has been a surge in the demand for polished diamonds in international markets.  The Surat diamond workers’ union has, however, requested for a fully-paid 15-day lockdown.

Source: Hindustan Times, Indian Express

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