Textile Industry News
LAHORE: The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Punjab
Chairman Syed Ali Ahsan has announced a weekly sit-in on every
Tuesday outside the APTMA Punjab office until the industry demands
are net by the government (Textile Industry News).
He was addressing a press conference at the APTMA Punjab office
to kick start a series of protest sits-in by the APTMA Punjab members.
There was 100 percent presence of the APTMA Punjab members besides
former chairmen, Pakistan Textile Exporters Association All Pakistan
Textile Processing Mills Association members and members from other
related associations. Moreover, Central Chairman APTMA Aamir Fayyaz, group leader
APTMA Gohar Ejaz and other senior leaders were also present on the occasion.
The APTMA Punjab members also staged a highly pressure sit-in outside
the Association office. They were also carrying placards of their demands and also
wore black ribbons on their arms. Protest banners had also been displayed at
the outer walls of the association’s office.
Meanwhile, a large number of textile workers in Textile industry also protested by carrying black
flags outside the mill gates throughout the province.
Chairman APTMA Punjab Syed Ali Ahsan also told the media persons that
some 70 member mills have already been closed down due to the high
cost of doing business.
“Textile exports have declined by $1.8 billion during the last three years,” he further added.
Meanwhile, he also added, India and other regional competitors are constantly
dumping their subsidized products to the domestic market, which is playing
havoc with the local textile industry.
Furthermore, he said hundred and thousands of textile workers have been laid off by the
member mills, as the textile business has become unviable in the province.
He also warned that the cotton farmers would also a direct victim of the situation in
case the government failed to address it forthwith.
The APTMA leadership has also demanded supply of electricity at Rs7 per unit to
the APTMA Punjab member mills, bring gas price at par with other provinces,
issue new RLNG connections to the textile industry to avert a crisis in future,
announce textile industry relief package immediately, ban the trade with India
and bring down the percentage of turn over Tax to provide. 25 percent without delay.
The APTMA leadership has further demanded of removal of price difference
of Rs 5.50 per MMBTU in gas supply to Punjab-based textile mills against other
provinces immediately to avoid further closures of mills.