Faisal Ahmed finally heaved a sigh of relief on Friday, August 24, when a sub-vendor told him to get production rolling as the parent vendor had received a job schedule from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL). It was literally Eid for him even a week after the festival.
Ahmed, a micro entrepreneur, makes rubber bushes for cars and like many others supplies the same to the sub-vendor, who then sells it to MSIL through a main vendor. “Being a small maker of bushes, it was a big jolt for me when the lock-out was announced at MSIL, as it became difficult for me to meet expenses of my workers and myself,” said a now relieved Ahmed.
Having incurred huge losses during the lock-out period, to the tune of nearly R150 crore, the ancillaries of Maruti, comprising hundreds of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in the Industrial Model Township (IMT) at Manesar, are visibly upbeat at the arrival of job work programmes from the auto major."Vendors have started receiving supply schedule," said Manmohan Gaind, general secretary, Manesar Industrial Welfare Association. "Some ancillaries have begun production and the rest will do it as production at Maruti gets into full swing."
Many of the ancillaries are planning to clear their inventories according to the old job orders, which could not be executed due to the lockout.
However, the ancillaries are also apprehensive of the likely repercussion arising out of the sacking of 500 workers by India’s largest car maker.
“May good sense prevail, as we're praying for a peaceful atmosphere here so that the sector gains confidence to come out of the losses,” said Ashwini Kumar of Dhawan Electronics.
“The Haryana chief minister has assured us of smooth functioning and additional security has been provided in the area, and along with villagers, we’re supporting MSIL unconditionally,” said Manoj Tyagi, general secretary, Industrial Model Township Association.