Shortage of labour force impacts state’s economy

Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/9/2020 1:09:11 PM IST

Even though the lockdown has been lifted in Nagaland with effect from September1 in sync with nationwide Unlock 4.0, the exodus of migrant labourers to their native places following the lockdown in March has severely impacted the local economy as the State is now facing a severe shortage of both skilled and non-skilled workers.

Informing this to Nagaland Post, Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) president Zhatuo Rutsa said that months COVID-19 lockdown in the state had affected livelihood of thousands of labourers, compelling them to go back to their native places. 

And now, in spite of the lockdown being lifted, many of them were yet to come back to work, he added.

He expressed apprehension that business won’t normalise so soon as shortage of workers and materials had adversely affected the market.

Echoing Rutsa, Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) president Akashe Zhimomi pointed out that though shops were open now as lockdown has been lifted, the economy was not yet normal. He said shortage of daily wage earners and migrant labourers was hampering functioning of businesses.

Nagaland Contractors’ and Suppliers’ Union leaders too confirmed that there was shortage of migrant and skilled workers now. Though local workers were available, they said their charges were higher. 

And due to absence of any regulation in wages, sources said labour charges had spiked in recent times. 


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