West Bengal jute mills to remain closed during lockdown

West Bengal jute mills to remain closed during lockdown

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Jute mills in West Bengal will remain closed till March 27 following the state governments lockdown directive in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Jute Mills Association sources said on Monday.

The IJMA has issued a notice that the mills will be closed from 5 PM on Monday 5 PM to 6 AM on March 28, as advised by the state labour department.

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The period of closure may be modified as per orders of the central or the state government, the IJMA said.

About 2 lakh mill workers are engaged in producing 4,500 tonnes of jute products valued at Rs 50 crore per day in the state, jute veteran Sanjay Kajaria said.

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The West Bengal government on Sunday issued a notification saying Kolkata and several areas across the state will be put under lockdown from Monday 5 pm till March 27 in view of the coronavirus outbreak. Only essential services will be allowed during the period, the notification said.