Due to Corona, lakhs of labourers went back to their villages and homes after the lockdown was implemented in the country. But now that Unlock-1 has arrived, a large part of the economy has opened up. The situation is that companies are taking labourers back to factories with chartered flights.
Manufacturing companies, in particular, are facing a huge shortage of both skilled and unskilled workers. In such a situation, it is necessary for them to bring the workers back in any way.
According to a report by the Indian Express, “In the past month companies from sectors such as manufacturing, industrial goods, real estate, hospitality brought workers back from their homes to the workplace by over 700 domestic flights.”
These companies took chartered flight service
Public company ONGC Limited and veteran infra company Larsen & Toubro called back the workers by operating chartered flights from Patna and Bhubaneswar to Mumbai and Ahmedabad. According to the report, “Executives of some companies and airlines have reported that many chartered flights have been taken to reach employees, even to industrial hubs like Chennai and Rajahmundry.”
Workers back in trouble
In fact, the people of the industry were very worried about the return of labourers on a large scale in the lockdown. How many workers were upset due to not getting salary or losing their jobs so that they had to leave their house for five hundred thousand kilometres on foot? That is why, especially manufacturing companies, fear that they may have to go through a severe shortage of skilled and unskilled labourers.
What does the airline’s company say?
A SpiceJet official told the newspaper: ‘We have operated many chartered flights on behalf of companies from which their employees have been taken to different workplaces within the country and also outside the country. A big company is constantly booking our aircraft and delivering it to its employees.
According to an Air India official, the state-run ONGC has transported about 5,000 employees to its various centres on chartered planes. These include employees from Bihar and Jharkhand in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
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