Fac­ing labour short­age, fac­to­ries shift­ing from Sonepat's in­dus­trial area!

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‘Touch of In­dia’, an ex­port house man­u­fac­tur­ing fash­ion bags for brands like Zara, Benet­ton and M&S, shifted its fac­tory from Kundli (Haryana) to Noida (Ut­tar Pradesh) re­cently, thanks to labour short­age and al­lied labour is­sues. Kundli is an in­dus­trial area nearly 24 kilo­me­tres from Delhi. There are other sur­round­ing in­dus­trial ar­eas around it like Rai and Barhi too (Sonepat dis­trict). All these three in­dus­trial towns have nearly 300 units of tex­tiles and ap­par­els. There­fore, this shift­ing and labour short­age raises ques­tions on bring­ing up fac­to­ries in new and emerg­ing hubs from al­ready de­vel­oped clus­ters like Delhi, Noida, Gur­gaon, etc.

Di­nesh Gamb­hir, MD of the com­pany in­formed, “We were fac­ing se­ri­ous prob­lems in Kundli, like labour black­mail­ing us, es­pe­cially dur­ing time of ship­ments. In Noida, there is no such prob­lem of labour short­age.” He fur­ther added that be­ing a bag man­u­fac­tur­ing ex­pert unit, he re­quires skilled work­ers who can man­age bag man­u­fac­tur­ing eas­ily. The com­pany is pay­ing Rs. 4 lakh per month as rent for its Noida unit de­spite hav­ing its own space also. “My own space is quite far and it is not easy for work­ers to reach there, so we have given that space on rent and have taken an­other fac­tory on rent,” added Di­nesh.

On the other hand, some other ex­porters hav­ing units in these in­dus­trial ar­eas have dif­fer­ent opin­ion as they feel that now things have im­proved on labour front. Pranab Ma­ha­jan, Di­rec­tor of Ma­ha­jan Over­seas (Mas­par brand), pro­duc­ing home fur­nish­ing prod­ucts in its green fac­tory at Rai, and work­ing for top brands of the world, shared, “Ear­lier there was labour short­age but it is not like that any­more. The fac­to­ries are pay­ing enough and on-time to get labour eas­ily.” Ma­ha­jan Over­seas also pro­vides trans­porta­tion fa­cil­ity to its work­ers.

Pranab Ma­ha­jan, Di­rec­tor, Ma­ha­jan Over­seas

Di­nesh Gamb­hir, MD, Touch of In­dia

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