An anguished "India Inclusive" on Thursday condemned the violence that broke out at the Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar district of Haryana late Wednesday night and incidents of frequent labour unrest in Gurgaon-Manesar area
"Assocham expresses its anguish and strongly condemns the violence at Maruti Suzuki premises," the industry grouping's secretary general, DS Rawat, said. He said the country could not afford any disruption in the economic activity at a time when industrial growth was declining.
"In northern India, it is only Gurgaon which is witnessing labour trouble frequently," he said. Suspecting involvement of certain "outside elements", Rawat said workers and managements in the area should be vigilant.
"The frequent labour trouble has been responsible in compelling the existing units to expand outside the state," he added. For its expansion plans, Maruti Suzuki itself had chosen Gujarat. Rawat said though Haryana had been attracting investment in services and real estate sectors, the manufacturing base was not expanding.
Echoing similar views, CII deputy chairman (northern region) Jayant Davar said the violence at the plant "is extremely unfortunate". He, however, added that in the long run, the incident would not have a major impact on industrial environment. Following a scuffle, Maruti Suzuki's General Manager (HR) Awanish Kumar Dev, was burnt to death and 50 others were injured yesterday.