Wanting to resume production and call off the lockdown triggered by workers' violence and arson at its Manesar plant, Maruti Suzuki is considering ways to recruit the much-required labour.

Besides a fresh round of hiring, the company is looking at a variety of sources, including its Gurgaon plant and vendors, to get workers, the Economic Times of India reported.

"The idea is to have a sizeable number of experienced workers who can assist and guide in starting production the moment we are ready for it," an executive told the paper. However, no decision has been taken when the plant can again start production.

Maruti saw a flight of workers after the 18 July rampage, which left a general manager dead and around 100 employees injured, at the plant that makes the Swift hatchback and Dzire sedan.

S Y Siddiqui , human resources head for Maruti Suzuki, told the paper the priority for the company remains the speedy recovery of its workforce.

"Apart from this, we have to work out measures to guarantee safety and security of our employees," he said.

Apart from the experienced workforce that would come in for a temporary phase, Maruti is also looking at hiring apprentices who would be trained. This would lead to a fresh hiring for the Manesar plant, sources said.

Initial estimates suggest that the company may have to hire upwards of 1,000. The company is also looking at firing around 500 who were involved in the 18 July violence. However, no decision has been taken so far.

Besides, new hirings are crucial as Maruti wants to remove contract [temporary] workers from production processes. Of the near-3,000 workers at the Manesar plant, Maruti wants to ease out roughly half who are on contract. Most workers, including many of those who had no role in the violence, have gone underground fearing arrest or questioning by the police, the Economic Times said.

The waiting list on the Swift and the Dzire is growing. The combined backlog for the two cars is over 100,000 units and the waiting period per model is over five months.

"The overall law and order situation in the region is paramount for us. The company will announce its decision for production only when it is assured of employee safety," Siddiqui said.

As police investigations wind up, the company last week began the process of damage assessment at the plant.