The industrialists have failed to manufacture high-quality products due to various other constraints, too. There are over 300 units in this industry, which manufacture various instruments such as survey compasses, spirit levels, precision levels, telescopes, ranging rods, levelling staffs and liner ranger, among others.
This industry employs nearly 5,000 people belonging to the local area. It earns about Rs. 50 crore as collective annual turnover.
“We use old household utensils and scrap as raw material, as they are easily available and are cheaper. These utensils have a lot of impurities such as iron and other material,” says Sushil Kumar, one of the industrialists.
“The presence of these impurities leads to the manufacturing of low-quality finished products. We do not have much financial support to buy good quality raw material.
There is also to a lot of wastage of raw material,” he says.
“The industry also faces some other problems that cause the manufacturing of low-quality products. For instance, the industry uses conventional technology for production, which fails to generate fine products. There is also a lack of skilled workers, irregular supply of electricity, pot holes in the roads in the area, and a lack of laboratories for testing of the final products. Moreover, there are only micro units in this industry, which do not have high investment power,” says Raman Kumar, another industrialist.
“The state government must try to solve these problems, to help these industrialists grow. It should help in improving the condition of the roads in the area, and should provide regular supply of electricity to aid the smooth functioning of the units,” he says.