LUDHIANA,, Aug. 2 -- Even as they are spending lakhs of rupees arranging special buses to bring workers back from states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, the industries reeling under labour shortage are struggling to meet the rising demand.

With the shortage hampering production and adversely affecting supply, the demand to bring labourers back by arranging special trains is only getting louder.

Owners of all large, medium and small-scale manufacturing units in Ludhiana are currently working with 40 to 50% labour capacity or even less. The district, which is a hub of cycle, hosiery and sewing machine industry, had seen migration of as many as 4 lakh migrants to their native states in May and June when the government arranged speci...