Bhubaneswar: Many people have lost their jobs due to the devastation of the corona epidemic in the country. In March last year, a large number of migrant workers had to return to their homes in the lockdown imposed due to the epidemic. Ranjan Sahu, 40, was also one of them. About a month after the lockdown, in April last year, the garment unit in Kolkata where Ranjan Sahu was working was shut down and had to return to his village.
After Sahu lost his job, started its clothing manufacturing unit in his village Gunthi in Kendrapara district. Hired 70 youth from his village and nearby villages who either lost their jobs due to the epidemic or were forced to return home.
The idea of starting a garment unit came after seeing the migrants who returned to the village from the cities
Sahu while talking to each newspaper said I returned home and was sitting jobless. There was no work. I had savings for myself and my family, but I realized that a lot of people around me did not have enough savings and were looking for work. Many people in my village had returned from Kerala and Surat, who worked in the textile and garment industry, when I decided to start something at my level and started this unit.
Employment of 70 people found in the unit
About 110 km from Bhubaneswar Sahu set up his first garment manufacturing unit at Gunthi in Pattamundai block of Kendrapara district. The unit has 45 sewing machines and is spread over 3,000 square feet. The unit started in January and 70 jobless who have returned to their ancestral villages due to loss of jobs got absorbed. They are now producing formal shirts, T-shirts and trousers.
Worked in the garment industry for 22 years in many cities
Sahu, studying up to class X, had left school at the age of 18 and was watching other people in his village in Odisha. He worked in the garment industry in cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Surat and even in Nepal for almost 22 years. According to Sahu, he worked mostly as a production manager in various cities. He is now planning to hire more people when the demand of his unit’s garments increases.