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Surat textile sector faces heat of workers hiatus
Apr '09
The Surat textile industry is fully dependent on migrant workers hailing from the northern states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and the eastern state of Orissa in particular. During the festival of Holi, a lot of workers migrate to their hometowns and come back after taking a 45 day break.

During this period, the textile industry in Surat faces an acute labour shortage which cannot be filled up with any other means and due to which machines stay idle, leading to a loss of productivity, which has reached 12-15 percent in the current year.

Fibre2fashion spoke to Mr Devkishan Manghani, General Secretary of Federation of Surat Textile Traders Association (FOSTTA) who said, “Workers are mainly from UP, Bihar and Orissa, they go their home town after Holi and start coming back by the end of May”

He added by saying, “So textile sector in Surat faces problem and losses for one and half month. This time it has incurred loss of 15 percent which approximately amounts to around Rs 15-20 billion and there are some 100,000-150,000 such workers”.

The textile and processing industry in and around Surat employs around 800,000 workers, which means that the number of workers who migrate to their home towns is around 15 percent, leading to a very high loss in production and in turn revenue.

The turnover of the industry in Surat is around Rs 300 billion and has nearly 600,000 powerlooms, 50,000 embroidery machines and 450 printing and processing textile units which together process around 2.5 billion meters of cloth per day.

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