Karnataka allows crafting units to operate with 50% manpower during lockdown
The government of Karnataka allowed state garment units to operate with 50 percent of their workforce during the 14 day continuous lockout Until May 12. The ordinance, which was issued by Revenue Secretary N Manjunatha Prasad, however stressed that the workforce should strictly adhere to the behvaiour appropriate to Covid.
“The movement of personnel will be authorized by producing an identity card / authorization issued by the industries / industrial establishments concerned,” Prasad said.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Garment and Textile Workers Union (GATWU) wrote to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa asking why the garment industry was not exempt from foreclosure orders while agriculture and construction activities were allowed. The GATWU had also asked the government to either authorize 50 percent of the operations or provide them with compensation.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka Employers’ Association (KEA) had also echoed the same request. “A complete closure (of garment factories) can cause people to go back to their hometowns and not come back for a while. This will further challenge the industry, ”said KEA President BC Prabhakar.
Prabhakar added that foreign buyers could divert orders to countries like Bangladesh, causing huge losses.
Earlier this year, an investigation by the GATWU and the Alternative Law Forum (ALF) of 25 garment factories in and around Bengaluru found that “50 to 62 percent of the workforce” were forced to leave. leave in 2020, hit by coronavirus – induced lockdown last year.