Diamond Industry Workers Leaving Surat In Large Numbers

Millennium Post Delhi|July 10, 2020

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Diamond Industry Workers Leaving Surat In Large Numbers
SURAT: With diamond units closed in Surat in view of the COVID-19 outbreak, a number of workers employed in these units are leaving the Gujarat city every day as they are now left with no source of income, those associated with the business claimed.

Surat Diamond Workers Union president Jaysukh Gajera said they fear 70 per cent of the workers who are leaving the city may never come back.

Over six lakh people are employed in more than 9,000 diamond cutting and polishing units here which remained shut from March-end till the first week of June.

But, since the business activities resumed in the second week of June, over 600 workers and their families have tested positive for coronavirus so far. As a precautionary measure, the Surat Municipal Corporation earlier this week ordered the diamond polishing units to remain closed till July 13.

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July 10, 2020