Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Jalandhar surgical devices industry in bad shape; looks to govt for revival

- Aakanksha N Bhardwaj letterschd@hindustant­imes.com

JALANDHAR: The city-based surgical instrument­s industry, which exports locally manufactur­ed devices to other states in India as well Europe and other parts of the world, is in the doldrums these days.

Most of these units, which can be bracketed as cottage industry, use traditiona­l methods of manufactur­ing such as using cow dung for heating. The manufactur­ers say they would do much better if the local industry is given assistance by the government in the form of improving technology or forming clusters.

Surgical instrument­s include instrument­s for cutting and holding purposes like handheld surgical devices i.e., scalpels, forceps, retractors, scissors, surgical sutures and staples, electro surgical devices, devices for eye surgery, post-mortem and gynaecolog­ical purposes.

Surgical Sports and Surgical Complex Associatio­n chairman Surjit Singh Cheema said, “The industry here is not upgraded technologi­cally as the government never gave us any financial or technical assistance. The local industry suffered a major setback in the wake of import of surgical instrument­s from China and Pakistan in large quantities without any check.”

In the 1980s, there were more than 150 units in the city and nearly 60 plots were allotted to these manufactur­ers at the Focal Point. By 2015, there are only 10-12 units which are functional at the sports and surgical complex.

Opinder Singh, deputy director, Engineerin­g Export Promotion Council, Jalandhar, said, “It is a neglected industry even it exported devices worth ` 75 crore in 2014 -15 from Jalandhar city only.”

 ??  ?? A worker making surgical instrument­s at the Sports and Surgical Complex in Jalandhar. HT PHOTO
A worker making surgical instrument­s at the Sports and Surgical Complex in Jalandhar. HT PHOTO

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India