Sabu M. Jacob, Chairman, Kitex Group has said that some people are trying to shut down Kitex, which currently employs 15,000 people.
He was reacting to the continuous surprise inspection at Kitex Garments, Kochi as two Government departments – agriculture and pollution control – conducted a surprise inspection at the company. As per media reports, this is the 13th such inspection conducted by various departments in the company in the recent past.
As per a company official, these inspections started in the morning and continued till afternoon.
Kitex Garments is world’s second largest infant wear manufacturer.
Sabu said, “The paradox is that the industries minister had repeatedly stated that there will be no continuous or surprise inspections in factories and that a centralised system will be set up for the same. Is this the so-called single-window business-friendly system?”
Since last three months, the company has been facing continuous surprise inspections by various departments. Harassed by such inspections, it dropped its massive expansion plan to invest Rs. 3,500 crore in Kerala and recently finalised Telangana for investments worth Rs. 1,000 crore.