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Indian apparel sector joins the nation-wide strike, today
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Nov '10
The apparel sector, which is India's one of the leading exporters, is on strike today. Textile and apparel manufacturers as well as exporters, who earn over Rs 500 billion every year through their exports, have joined the nation-wide strike in order to project their difficulty which has been caused due to the unexpected hike in prices of raw materials.

According to Premal Udani, the chairman of the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), the all-India strike is likely to witness the production process in Bhiwandi, which is Asia's biggest handloom cluster, come to a halt. Besides, the manufacturing activity in the hosiery sector in West Bengal and textile as well as apparel industrial agglomerations in Delhi and NCR region, Ludhiana, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Tirupur and Bangalore are also likely to stop temporarily.

According to the AEPC, a rise in price of 40s combed cotton yarn for hosiery, which is used widely in the industry, has been noticed. It increased from Rs 185 per kg in August to Rs 240 per kg. Because of this, even the fabric prices have also gone up by 38% to 90%, thereby raising the prices of apparels. The manufacturers are looking forward to the government in order to intervene into the matter and control the prices of cotton and yarn.

Udani further added that the future of the Indian apparel sector is in danger and if necessary measures are not taken, millions of workers in India will lose their jobs. The AEPC looks forward to the government to immediately rationalize the prices of cotton yarn by regulating exports and other actions.

The apparel industry engages 35 million people and is one of the most labor-intensive sectors of the country. In order to reduce the yarn prices in the country, the AEPC has requested the government to impose a restriction on the export of yarn for 60 days.

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