About 100 units in the organized sector that offer employment to about five lakh workers in the country are already operating below 50 percent of their rated capacity.
Steel wire makers, belonging to the labor-intensive small and medium enterprises (SME) sector, are facing acute raw material shortages that may lead to the closure of several units, a senior industry body official said on Sunday.
About 100 units in the organized sector that offer employment to about five lakh workers in the country are already operating below 50 percent of their rated capacity, and if the crisis prolongs, many will have to close down, the official said.
The wire makers have sought the government's intervention to ensure raw material supply and a window for imports of specialized items that are not produced in the country.
"The industry is facing acute shortage of high-grade wire rods, the main raw material for wire production, which has varied application in nation-building," Steel Wire Manufacturers Association secretary-general Tirthankar Banerjee told PTI.
"The paucity of high-grade wire rods is 50 percent, and it is due to inadequate domestic supply and import restrictions," he said.
The association urged the Union government to ask the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) to streamline its specialized wire rods plant at Burnpur and advise Rashtriya Ispat Nigam (RINL) and other private steel makers to supply raw materials in adequate quantity to the SME sector at fair prices.