“Most of the manufacturers are exiting the business to get into some other profession.
“Earlier there were over 30 sewing machines manufacturing units but now the number of units has reduced to 12,” said Paras Kumar, a manufacturer.
“Among the major problems being faced by manufacturers is the labour shortage problem. There is shortage of skilled labour in Jalandhar. Those who are skilled in machine manufacturing want high wages,” said Sudha Sharma another manufacturer who also trades in sewing machines.
“Another problem is the availability of Chinese brands. Most people buy Chinese sewing machines because they are cheaper and of better quality. However Chinese items cannot be repaired”, said Sharma.
“Government must provide subsidies to help the cluster; help industrialists with better infrastructure to compete with Chinese products”, said Sharma.
Raw material such as iron and other items are not easily available and are more expensive today, owing to inflation, leading to the closure of many units. “So we are not able to complete orders on time,” said another manufacturer Daljit Singh.
Other reason for the decline of the industry is that units in the punjab state have to pay high valued added tax (VAT) as compared to units in the neighboring states, said Singh.