The Textile Association of India (TAI) has urged the Gujarat government to relax quarantine norms for laborers who wish to return to the state. More than 18 textile processing mills and powerloom factories in Surat that reopened after lockdown restrictions were shut down last week due to labor shortage.
Majority of the laborers working in the city’s textile industry are from Orissa, UP and Bihar. Over 10 lakh migrant textile laborers returned to their native places during the lockdown imposed in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, the first half of the year 2020 was completely remained disappointing for the city’s textile industry which currently has around 330 textile processing mills. All these mills remained closed during lockdown. Though around 50 mills re-opened in Unlock-1, many of these are facing a labor shortage. Many of these mills are operating on 25 per cent capacity.