The curfew norms hit the livelihood of over 50,000 powerloom workers’ in Veerappanchattaram, Chithodu,Lakkapuram, Solar and Ashokapuram etc in Erode town.
The areas have over 50000 looms producing 24 lakh meters of rayon cloth per day and sending it to various states including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi and Kolkata.
In this situation, the availability of orders from other states to Erode area was affected due to the rising incidence of corona in Tamil Nadu.
In the last 42 days, more than Rs 250 crore worth of clothes have been stagnant due to lack of trade. In order to control the spread of corona in Tamil Nadu, a night curfew was imposed from 10 pm to 4 am from 20th of last month.
Thus it was decided to reduce the power loom production to 50 per cent.Thus, instead of producing 24 lakh meters of fabric per day, only 12 lakh meters of fabric was produced.
As a result, more than 15,000 workers lost their jobs.
As the impact of the corona continued to increase in the Erode district, the powerloom owners voluntarily stopped production from May 6.
This was followed by a full curfew from May 10. As a result, 50,000 looms in the town have been shut down.
With this complete shutdown, Rs. 7 crore worth of production has been affected and 50,000 workers who depend on it have lost their jobs and their livelihoods are in question, sources said.