Karnataka changes order to allow tailoring units to operate with 50% manpower
The Karnataka government changed its earlier order on Wednesday to allow garment manufacturing units to operate with 50 percent of its workforce during the statewide lockdown.
The state government on Monday while issuing the lockdown guidelines had refused permission for garment manufacturing units to open and operate. The order reversal comes after the garment industry – represented by the Karnataka Employers’ Association (KEA) and the Apparel Export Promotion Council – was aggressively launched to allow manufacturing units to operate at 50 percent of their capacity.
‘No stoppage for production’
A Sakthivel, President of the Clothing Export Promotion Council, during a representation to Chief Minister BS Yeddiyurappa and Chief Secretary of State P Ravi Kumar, said: “The industry is concerned about the resurgence of the Covid -19 across India. Being one of the most labor intensive industries, while we are concerned about the health and safety of workers, we are also concerned about their livelihoods. Therefore, the industry does not want a lockdown and shutdown of production. “
The Karnataka Garment Industry Employers Association (KEA), led by KEA President BC Prabhakar, also called for garment factories to operate at 50 percent participation and with strict Covid measures. -19. Prabhakar, had said: “The garment factories employ a maximum number of employees besides agriculture. In Bangalore alone, more than 8 lakh are employed in this sector. “
“The clothing industry has already received many orders with strict delivery times. European markets have just opened up and they’ve sent out huge orders. If there is a delay in delivering finished products to buyers, it will lead to huge penalties, losses and lead to unemployment, ”he added.