A police crackdown on migrant labourers in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) has hit garment production, according to apparel exporters, who say around 100,000 workers have been forced to leave the area. 

The apparel cluster in the Delhi NCR includes locations across four states, employs around 350,000 people and accounts for about 25% of India’s total apparel exports.

But major garment exporters have told the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) that because 25-30% of workers have either resigned or left Gurgaon due to the ongoing drive, garment production has been severely hit. The garments were to be exported to the US, Europe and Far East.

“Our buyers abroad have threatened us either to meet the deadline of Christmas or they would cancel the orders,” said Mr Sudhir Dhingra, chairman and managing director of Orient Craft, an export house with 18,000 workers.

Other export houses and buying houses that participated in the AEPC meeting included Pearl Global, Matrix Clothing, Li & Fung India, Impulse, Lyra Industrials and Boutique International.