Tribune press service
Solan, September 27
At least 25% less production has taken place in the industrial center of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Region State (BBN) today, as around 50% of the workforce is not coming from Haryana and Punjab in view of Bharat Bandh, announced by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM).
Industrial workers commute from places like Panchkula, Chandigarh and the villages of Kalka, Pinjore, Ropar, etc. Since no interstate bus or other commercial vehicle could operate, the production and shipping of goods was negatively affected.
According to one estimate, around 50,000 industrial workers commute daily between neighboring states and this industrial belt.
The shipment of industrial goods was also affected, as the Nalagarh Truck Operators Union was unable to ship their vehicles to other states. “Trucks returning from various destinations have been blocked and on average the movement of around 1,000 vehicles has been affected,” said Vidya Rattan, president of the union.
The impact of the bandh was more pronounced in the larger units, having more manpower. Even senior managers were unable to attend the office today.
Sanjay Khurana, President of the BBN Industries Association, said: “The largest units in the textile and automotive sector have suffered productivity losses of up to 25% today as senior and middle managers could not not to go to their place of work from Chandigarh, the Punjab and Haryana. “
Khurana regretted that it was unfair on the part of the farmers’ unions to hold the industry to ransom because Covid had already crippled their productivity for a year and a half. He urged the government to resolve the issue amicably so that there is no more disruption in production.
Surinder Kumar, human resources manager at a kitchen appliance manufacturing unit in Baddi, said such unforeseen shutdowns did not bode well for the industry, which was trying to revive and prepare for the next holiday season. Manufacturing lines also saw a limited workforce showing up for work, he added.