Kochi: With just ten days into the new year, Kerala has already suffered a loss of Rs 5000 crore. With the hartal called by Sabarimala Karma Samithi on January 3 and the general strike called by joint trade committee on January 8 and 9 falling within a week, Kerala has faced a major economic loss.
Kerala being a consumer market, the shutdowns mainly affected the industrial sector. Also the IT sector and tourism sector were adversely affected.
The government and the private sector lost around Rs 100-120 crore in salary category in one day. If the Cochin Special Economic Zone freeze for one day, the companies will lose around Rs 120-130 crore. When shutdown affects the state for a day, Kerala incurs a loss of Rs 1800-2000 crore.
When more than one shutdown, in various forms like hartal and strike, is staged within a week, business suffers gravely.
At the same time, traders have begun to resist the shutdowns and are opening their shops. The two general strike days witnessed most of the shop kept open in the state.
However, with the public transport facility being affected, the business is less than 40 percent when compared to normal days, merchants said.