New Delhi: Reverse migration coupled with an acute shortage of labourers has given a tough time to the industries of Haryana in the recent past. With agriculture and industrial sectors crying for attention due to dearth of workers created largely by MNREGA, the state government is contemplating on extending the retirement age of labourers working in the private sector.

The fallout of labour crisis has already spread its shadow over Haryana industries which have turned a testimony to decline in the industrial production.

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar too has expressed his despondency over the agri damages caused by the MNREGA.

States like Haryana which have remained a hub of industries and a witness to the rapid speed of industrialization are now on the receiving end.

Haryana Labour and Employment Minister Pandit Shiv Charan Lal Sharma said, “As there is a shortage of skilled labourers in the state, it is hampering the industrial growth. For this reason, we are also having deliberations with many industrial bodies.”

The government will surely consider the proposals given by the industrial bodies, he added.
Sharma informed that at present the retirement age of private sector workers is 58, which can be extended to 60. He said that due to MNREGA, the number of migrant labourers has gone down considerably.

As a result, the industrial output in Panipat, Sonepat, Yamunanagar, Gurgaon and Faridabad has decreased, the Minister added.  

JPN/Bureau