Pune: Industry bodies and owners of micro, small and medium scale enterprises have said that a lockdown of any length will severely affect availability of labour and undo any gains made since the easing of lockdown.
Despite surveys showing production and employment in manufacturing sector nearly back to pre-pandemic levels, organisations like the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture (MCCIA) pointed out that MSMEs have recovered slower than larger units. This disparity, according to industry observers, is due to various inherent advantages in large units, such as financial ability to sustain losses, stable labour force etc.
“If another lockdown is declared, we will be badly affected. The labour force will go back to their villages once again. It will be a big disruption to 1,000 or so small units in Chakan-Khed belt,” said Dilip Batval, secretary, Federation of Chakan Industries.