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Industrial output may drop this month: Assocham survey

business Updated: Nov 11, 2012 12:15 IST

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Industrial ouput may slacken this month as working hours will reduce on account of festivities, an Assocham survey said on Sunday.

"The impact of the Diwali festival will hurt industrial output by 25% because fewer employees are available for work during the month and the productivity has come down from 8 hours to 4 hours during the festive week," it said.

The festive season has traditionally been a lean period for industrial production, it said, adding that almost every year, growth in industrial production during the Diwali month has been lower than the overall growth for the year.

As per rough estimates, nearly 5-8 lakh people will take off during Diwali, it said.

"The actual level of absenteeism is likely to be even higher, due to pre/post celebrations of festivals. The productivity slump is going to continue till mid-November," it said.

About 60% of the 200 respondents indicated that they make take at least 7-10 days off from work, it said.

Besides, majority of them said they intended to work only about 3-4 hours.

"Workplace productivity in India is expected to drop over the festive seasons, with several festivals like Dhanteras, Bhaiduj, Diwali, Chath and others," it said.

Majority of corporates have come up with celebration plans such as 'rangoli competition', it added.