A Sakthivel, Chairman, AEPC has urged the state government to exempt garment factories from COVID-19 related lockdowns. He says, the industry supports over 13 million workers directly and many more indirectly, in rural and backward areas and largely comprises MSMEs. Lockdown will severely disrupt the functioning of these factories.
He said all factories have been taking stringent measures and following strict health protocols. Exporters are willing to follow even more strict safety measures but would want to avoid even partial lockdowns as they create widespread disruption and impact not just in the short term but also the long term health of the industry.
Any lockdown, will disrupt the last year of hard work put in by the industry in getting back on the global map, Sakthivel added. Incorporated in 1978, AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments.