Morbi ceramic units shutdown indirectly helping China: NGO

Stating that the shutdown of the 600 ceramic units in Morbi was indirectly helping China and Chinese products, a non-government organisation on Wednesday appealed to both the Gujarat government and the owners of the ceramic units to resolve the issues surrounding the closure. "The ceramic units in Morbi that employ one lakh workers have been closed since the last seven days. The industry is clocking a daily loss of Rs 600 crore approximately. This will indirectly help China and Chinese products, said Manoj Patel, president of Morbi Bachao Samiti, an NGO.

The real estate players in Gujarat have already said that they would be forced to opt for Chinese ceramic tiles and sanitary ware if the shutdown in Morbi does not end quickly. The shutdown of ceramic units is expected to impact the real estate projects that are nearing completion.

"The ceramic owners in Morbi are being charged 100 per cent more for the gas than those supplied by the state government-owned company to the ceramic units in Mehsana and Himmatnagar in north Gujarat. Why this discrepancy?," he asked. "The Modi government has been doling out a number of benefits to corporates. Why is it not helping small industries like the ceramic cluster in Morbi?" Patel asked.

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