Kerala flood: Still work not back on track ‘properly'
The severe flood that has hit Kerala, has affected its textile and apparel industry too. Though Kerala is not a strong hub for textile or clothing, but it has a reasonable size of the industry. Among the top names of the industry, Kitex Garments, India’s number one kidswear export company, has a unit in Kizhakkambalam near Kochi. Though it has hostels for its workers, but due to waterlogging and power cut, its production has been affected. It has nearly 20 per cent workforce from Kerala across all its units. Project Garments, another good company of the state, faced delay in shipments due to huge absenteeism even after normalcy returned in the area after flood. “Out of our 120 workers, so far just 40 have come to work. We were expecting that workers will be back after Onam festival, but till 27th August, even less than 30 per cent workers were back to work. Our shipments have been delayed,” informed Abraham, GM of the company. Manoj, Branch Manager, IIGM, Kochi shared, “Overall industry suffered almost for one month as the problem started on 14th August and increased in next few days. We are hopeful that by the end of the first week of September, things will again start moving properly.” To support Kerala at this time of disaster, the textile and apparel industry has also come forward. Some companies have donated in relief funds, few have come up with direct support. In a tweet, Smriti Irani, Minister of Textiles said that MoT mobilised all textiles association, EPC and textile units to contribute towards relief operations. To mention a few – Welspun, Kutch dispatched more than 25,000 towels, Indo Count Industries, Kohlapur sent more than 15,000 bed sheets, NTC arranged more than 53,000 garments and bedsheets, towels etc., and SIMA contributed materials and funds of more than Rs. 1 crore. Pratibha Syntex Indore donated 9,000 pairs of new clothes.
As rains poured downand rivers rose,Homes washed away to unknown shores,The spirit remained with head held high, He looked ahead,but not to sigh!Yes, with a smile, and hope kept alive!This is us, we never say die,But move forward,When tides are high!Apparel Online salutes this spirit!