Ludhiana industry has criticised the findings of an economic survey released by Punjab finance minister PS Dhindsa. The survey claims that there was maximum employment in Ludhiana district and also that business establishments had increased in the district.
Industry has termed the data taken for the survey, which was carried out by Economic and Statistical Organisation (ESO) from January 2013 to April 2014, fake.
Badish Jindal, president of Federation of Associations of Small Industries of India (FASII), alleged that the data was totally fake, adding that industry in Ludhiana was going away to other states while the figures released suggest that it was increasing that made a mockery of the survey.
“The data also states that revenue of the government was increasing. There is no increase in revenue but it was the increase in taxes that has increased the revenue. Industry is reeling under heavy pressure and taxes have broken its backbone, while the government is busy releasing fake data,” Jindal said.
On the issue of increase in employment in Ludhiana, Jindal said majority of labourers in the city was from other states. “Labour department, from which the data must have been taken for the survey, includes a migratory labourer when he or she registers. However, the department does not deduct their count when they leave Ludhiana,” he added.
On the other hand, hosiery industry has also criticised the data claiming that there was acute shortage of labour and the government was coming out with “concocted data”.
“The textile industry has been reeling under immense labour shortage in the past few years. But, the data suggests that Ludhiana has maximum employment. Most of the textile units are moving to other states, including Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat,” said Vinod Thapar, chairman of Knitwear Club, questioning when there was no expansion of industry, how could there be development?