Years of underinvestment take toll on industry in India
23 December 2013 Last updated at 10:20 GMT
Output from India's factories shrank by 1.8% in October, according to government data.
The fall was bigger than expected and a far cry from the double digit rises the country enjoyed when the nation's economy was booming.
Shilpa Kannan reports from the industrial belt of Haryana in northern India.
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