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JSW Steel to reduce manpower at Karnataka plant due to covid

After 70 per cent of the coronavirus (Covid-19) positive cases in Bellary district of Karnataka were reported from JSW steel plant, the company has tightened measures to combat the spread by restricting entry of migrant labour at its plant according to a report published in Business Standard.

We are not allowing nearly 11,000 migrant labour coming from nearby villages to work at the plant. Instead, we will continue operations with the balance 17,000-18,000 workers present at our four colonies and plant site, Vinod Nowal, deputy managing director (deputy MD) said.

The company is following the standard operating procedures outlined by the district administration, he said. Earlier this week, locals had alleged that thefactory was a Covid hotspot after many employees tested positive for the virus. In the past one month, of the 256 positive cases at the plant, 91 workers have been discharged. The rest are not showing symptoms anymore.

Workers deployed at the facility are not being allowed to move out of the demarked area and the staff is provided with whatever is needed at the facility itself, said Nowal.

Migrant labour has been asked to stay home and are on paid leave since June 12. Ascases come down, we will take a decision if these workers can return to work. The number of shifts has been brought down to two from three in a few departments. For those at the facility, the company is designing some reward for the employees depending on their performance. But that is in works, so I cannot give any details, said Nowal.