Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / NREGP creates scarcity of textile workers

NREGP creates scarcity of textile workers

04
Sep '09
The textile and apparel units in the Northern Indian state of Punjab, are facing a severe man-power crisis, the kind of which it has never witnessed before. Workers who used to work before in the thousands of textile units have migrated to their home towns, lured by the employment opportunities provided by the government sponsored National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP).

Under the NREGP scheme, every adult in a household is guaranteed a minimum of 100 days manual work in a financial year. Migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar who return to their hometowns once in a year are extending their stay and working in the NREGP project, which also helps them to be close to their families.

The state is heavily dependent on migrant labour for its industrial as well as farming activities as local men do not prefer to engage in labour activities. The local women work in the morning shift, while the migrant labour work in the other two shifts and as textile units work on a 24x7 basis, the shortage of workers hits productivity badly as machines have to be shut down.

Speaking to fibre2fashion, Mr Cheema, JMD of Cheema Spintex and President of Northern India Textile Mills' Association (NITMA), Punjab, said that, “Currently as such textile industry is going in a downward phase and to add to that is the labour scarcity in northern states of India as since under NREGP, any worker is eligible to get three months work in a year in his hometown”.

He added by saying, “As the textile industry is ongoing industry for the whole year, such scheme is adversely affecting production of the textile sector. Again one more problem faced by textile industry is that of retraining a fresh worker, who after receiving training, leaves and joins the NREGP scheme and comes back and rejoins”. “On the whole the NREGP is a non-productive scheme”, he concluded by saying.



Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


Must ReadView All

Pic: University of Cambridge

Textiles | On 25th Aug 2019

Climate change to shrink GDP of all nations alike: study

Virtually all countries-rich or poor, hot or cold-will suffer...

Pic: Curve-Newyork

Textiles | On 25th Aug 2019

Curve sees over 250 leading intimate apparel brands

Over 250 leading intimate apparel brands showcased their products at...

Pic: Gap Inc

Apparel/Garments | On 25th Aug 2019

Gap Inc net sales down 2% to $4 bn in Q2 2019

Gap Inc, a global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and...

Interviews View All

Varinder Singh Jawanda, Trendy Bharat

Varinder Singh Jawanda
Trendy Bharat

Sizing and fitting issues are inherent problems for companies expanding...

Rahul Bhadani, Looksgud

Rahul Bhadani
Looksgud

Navigating through catalogues is a bit hasslesome

Top executives, Textile industry

Top executives
Textile industry

It will take some time for the people to change their buying choices

Paolo Toricella,

Paolo Toricella

Electronics for Imaging (EFI) is a global technology company, based in...

John Kelley,

John Kelley

Textile Events is one of the largest textile fair in the United Kingdom,...

Francesco Gozio,

Francesco Gozio

Italian company Marzoli is a leading manufacturer of the complete line of...

Tiasha Renganathan, Twinery Innovations by MAS

Tiasha Renganathan
Twinery Innovations by MAS

Twinery-Innovations by MAS is the innovation arm of Sri Lankan company MAS ...

Michael Jaenecke, Messe Frankfurt

Michael Jaenecke
Messe Frankfurt

From May 14 to 17, international exhibitors will present the entire...

Sameer Sonkusale & Rachel Owyeung, Tufts University

Sameer Sonkusale & Rachel Owyeung
Tufts University

A team at the Tufts University in Massachusetts was recently in news for...

Amiben Shroff, Shrujan

Amiben Shroff
Shrujan

From its modest beginning in the late 1960s, Shrujan has grown into a...

Nisha Chanda, Whistling Woods International School of Fashion

Nisha Chanda
Whistling Woods International School of Fashion

<div>A lack of upgraded courses in costume designing and fashion as per...

Varsha Wadhwa, VW

Varsha Wadhwa
VW

Coming from a family that ran a business of jute and linen mills since...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


August 2019

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Advanced Search