Garment Manufacturers Distraught Over Local Employment Law In Haryana, Asks For ExemptionA garment factory. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images)

Garments Exporters and Manufacturers Association (GEMA), Haryana has expressed discontent over the new law guaranteeing 75 per cent jobs in the private sector to the local population as reported by, The Hindu.

A survey by GEMA among its members has found out that more than 82 per cent may not consider Haryana for expansion in case the new law is not taken back or the industry is not exempted from its stipulations.

It also found that none of the major employers, who employ more than 3,000 people, believe that they would be able to source local workforce only from the State. The survey also revealed that the majority of manufacturers have less than 20 per cent employees based in Haryana.

GEMA general secretary Animesh Saxena said the industry body also sent a request to Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Wednesday (14 April), to allow exemption from the new law due to high skill and precision requirements and non-availability of such employees in Haryana.

“Industrial Training Institutes in Haryana did not offer much training courses in apparel industry trades historically and there must be reasons for this. This indicates that perhaps some vocations in Haryana may not be preferred. Forcing the population to adopt a different practice would more be a wishful thinking than a practical solution to employment generation.”, a press statement released by the body reads.

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