With the hosiery industry in Ludhiana waking up to the growing demand of skilled labour, it has decided to hire women trained in knitting and embroidery from Ferozepur for different works.
The hosiery industry, which is dominated by migrant labourers from other states, will hire at least 180 trained women workers who will work from Ferozepur for knitwear as well as the shawl club of Ludhiana.
Ferozepur district magistrate DPS Kharbanda recently held a meeting with a delegation of industry from Ludhiana in which it was discussed that a group of 180 women, who have been trained, should be provided employment.
Knitwear Club secretary Charanjiv Singh, who was also present in the meeting, said 180 women from rural background have already received training in embroidery and knitting and would be provided with shawls and other hosiery items in Ferozepur only.
“After value addition is done in the goods these will be brought back to Ludhiana. This exercise will not only allow women to stay in their hometown but also earn a living with the task they have learnt,” said Charanjiv.
A delegation of these women has already come to Ludhiana and visited different hosiery units to know about the work that they will be doing in the days to come.
A contractor would be asked to take hosiery goods to Ferozepur and bring them back so that a proper mechanism could be maintained during the value addition of goods.
These 180 women underwent training during a three-month camp in Ferozepur, which was undertaken on the initiative of the district administration.
Bordering Pakistan, Ferozepur gets border district funds by the government that are used for the development of the area as well as such programmes in which these women are trained.
“These women will be provided a working place by the administration at Ferozepur where goods from Ludhiana will be delivered,” added Charanjiv.
At present workers from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and other areas work for the hosiery industry while there is a little scope for the local population.
However, the initiative taken by the Ferozepur district administration as well as the Ludhiana industry will put a mark in the changing trends of hiring locals for different works in the industry.