54% units make muted start in Punjab - ECAS Punjab

54% units make muted start in Punjab

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Vijay C Roy amp; Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 19

Industrial units in Punjab made a muted start as the government eased lockdown conditions. Although over 54 per cent of the 2.59 lakh units in the state resumed production today, the operating capacity remained in the range of 30-40 per cent.

According to industrialists, lack of orders, labour shortage and social-distancing norms were the main stumbling blocks in commencing production at full steam.

"The current capacity utilisation of the plants is less than 40 per cent. It will take time to get things normal. We have to re-strategise the production because of social-distancing norms," said SC Ralhan, president of the Ludhiana Hand Tools Association.

According to the industries and commerce department data, around 1.41 lakh units are operational in the state.

In Ludhiana, 46,909 units are operational out of total 95,202 registered units. Around 16,500 units resumed operations in Jalandhar, 13,300 in Amritsar and 11,624 in Mohali.

Many industrialists said though their units/factories had opened, production was yet to start.

Harmeet Singh Riat, who deals in sewing machine parts, said they had opened their factory premises so that the remaining labourers did not leave. "There is hardly any production. We have started visiting factories, but that does not mean that operations are in full swing."

National president of the All-India Trade Forum Badish Jindal said, "Over 52 per cent units might have opened, but there is no production, no orders, no labour and no raw material."



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