Ker­ala flood: Still work not back on track ‘prop­erly'

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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!

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