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Jat quota stir to cost north Indian economy Rs 34,000 cr

North Indian states are likely to incur a loss of Rs 34,000 crore to the economic activity due to Jat agitation, PHD Chamber has said, observing, prices of essential commodities may rise due to supply constraints.

“There is a huge loss of the economic activity not only in the state of Haryana but across the Northern states of India.

As supply of the essential items has been severely impacted, we cannot rule out the impact on inflation.

“Based on inputs received from various industry stakeholders, we estimate that these states may face Rs 34,000 crore loss of economic activity due to Jat agitation during the last few days,” PHD Chamber President Mahesh Gupta said.

Disruption in transportation modes including railways, roads, passenger vehicles, goods vehicles, drop down in tourists arrivals, loss in financial services, hit to the industrial sector including manufacturing, electricity, and construction may result in a huge loss in the GSDP of states for the last quarter of FY15-16, said Gupta. The industry chamber pegged the loss to services activities including tourism services, transportation services majorly rails and roadways and financial services at Rs 18,000 crore. It estimated the loss to industrial and agri business activities including manufacturing, electricity, construction activities, damage to food articles at Rs 12,000 crore.

Moreover, it said, the damage to infrastructure including damage to roads, restaurants, bus stands, railway stations, among others may result in Rs 4,000 crore, leading to overall loss of Rs 34,000 crore.

The anticipated loss has been calculated for the northern states including Haryana, Punjab, Delhi, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

All these states contribute around 32 per cent towards India’s Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP).

“We believe northern states would take measures for the smooth functioning of the economic activity and restore essential services in their respective territories,” he said.

Production at Maruti plants stays suspended for second day
Production remained suspended for the second day on Monday at Maruti Suzuki India’s two plants in Gurgaon and Manesar as supplies of components continue to be hit by the agitation of Jats demanding job reservation. The two plants put together roll out some 5,000 units of vehicles a day. The company temporarily halted production at the two plants on Saturday due to Jat agitation in Haryana. Company sources said that it remains uncertain if production would resume at the factories even on Tuesday. Asked when the operations could resume at the two plants, a company spokesperson replied: “We will assess the situation in the morning and then decide the next course of action.” The Jat stir continued, bringing life to a halt.
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