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The temporary shutdown of three original
equipment manufacturers, namely Honda Motorcycles & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd,
Hero MotoCorp, and Maruti Suzuki in Gurugram for 10-15 days has put a large
labour force in confusion.
Hundreds of automotive units spread across the
industrial belt of Gurugram-Dharuhera-Bhiwadi employ a huge number of migrant
workers. But the recent surge of COVID-19 cases, followed by lockdowns across
multiple cities, has had a negative impact.
The migrant labour force is in a dilemma
whether to stay put or go back to their homes in Chhatisgarh, Bihar, and Uttar
Pradesh. The prevalent sentiment is to wait and watch as hope still floats.
According to Sompal Vats, employed by
Gurugrams’s Sunbeam Lightweighting Solutions Pvt Ltd, workers staying within a
radius of 200-250 km have left for their homes whereas those from far-off areas
will continue to stay back in Gurugram during this period. Vats also added that
the migrant workforce is hopeful that the lockdown will not prolong and
production with resume.
Maruti Suzuki will pay its employees for the
nine-day lockdown as per Kuldeep Jhangu, Workers’ Leader and Ex-General
Secretary, Maruti Udyog Kamgaar Union. He feels there is no reason for
contractual workers to leave their station, though they might be tempted to go
back if the duration of shutdown is extended.
Source: The Hindu