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Labour Shortage Hits AP: Manufacturing, Real Estate Sectors Set to Suffer

by Sai Prasad
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The future course of Andhra’s industries and real estate will almost entirely depend upon the temperament of inter-state and intra-state migrant labour in the coming months.

The State Secretariat is not the only place suffering from an acute shortage of workforce. As more and more migrant labour returns home, districts like Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam have suffered considerable damage already. Even a shortfall of as little as 10% is disastrous for sectors like real estate and manufacturing. Since there is only limited labour available to replace their migrant counterparts, the crisis remains deep-rooted and will exist for the next few months.

Builders, civil contractors, people in real-estate business have shared their concerns with authorities about the impending crisis once business booms. Similarly, manufacturing units have also raised concern about the lack of manpower. These units have equipment, money and even orders to fulfil. Still, the lack of staff is set to hamper delivery targets as productivity and output volume are set to go down with a limited workforce.

In Vijayawada alone, over 15000 migrants have moved to northern parts of the state. Most workforces at Auto Nagar in Vijayawada come from the Prakasam and Chittoor districts. While the workforce crisis in regions where labour is from within Andhra Pradesh is temporary, districts like Visakhapatnam and Guntur are preparing for the worse. Workers at Guntur Mirchi Yard – Asia’s Largest Chilli Market, construction workers in Visakhapatnam and some other parts of AP are mostly from Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and some even from Maharashtra. The future course of Andhra’s industries and real estate will almost entirely depend upon the temperament of inter-state and intra-state migrant labour in the coming months.

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