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Labour woes hamper Haryana, Rajasthan’s garment industry

Rajasthan’s garment industry which employs more than 3 lakh people is facing a huge labor shortage in spite of the government’s taking steps for the industry. Accommodation and transportation are the main concerns keeping employees away. "Despite our promise to train and employ them, we are not getting labourers. Workers are not willing to relocate due to the high cost of living. The city at Tapukara in Haryana-Rajasthan border will have full-fledged facilities for labour, with active support of the Rajasthan government.” In the near future, industries from Gurgaon and Haryana are expected to shift to Rajasthan. If this happens, the state will lose a huge share of revenue," said Gautam Nair, MD, Matrix Clothing, Udyog Vihar VI, Gurgaon.

Labour and employees working in the industrial belts at Gurgaon’s Udyog Vihar and Manesar face tremendous problems of transportation and poor living conditions. "As we fight problems of labour, electricity, transportation among others, many garment manufacturing units in the city are now looking at the alternative of moving to Rajasthan, as the state government is offering better facilities in its new industrial policy for the garment industries," explains Pavan Kumar Swami, an industrialist and manufacturers of Macho Jeans.