In a memorandum to the State government, the association said the State-enforced complete lockdown on June 14. It has created a large number of oxygen beds and organizing vaccination camps for workers. However, for nearly a month, the mills remain closed and have kept the workers on the premises. It has thrown open several difficulties for the mills apart from financial losses. The textile mills will follow all standard operating procedures if permitted to operate. Hence, the State government should permit the mills to reopen, it said.
Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (Marxist) Tiruppur district secretary S. Muthukannan said the State government should not permit the exporting units to operate now with 10 % workforce. Permitting the units to operate increases the risk of more workers getting the disease.
The number of cases in the Tiruppur district increased when there was partial lockdown. Considering the health risk of the workers, the government should not permit the units to operate now, he said.