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Pak textile bodies plan march to protest gas shedding
Jan '12
In order to protest gas shedding to textile industries for undefined period, the textile bodies of Pakistan Punjab have decided to organize a long march involving millions of workers, Arif Tauseef, Chairman of Pakistan Textile Exporters' Association (PTEA) has said.

Exact programme of the long-march from the port city of Karachi to the country's capital Islamabad would be declared after consultation with other industry stakeholders, he said.

He added that the Government has broken all its previous promises and commitments and has been unsuccessful in resolving the issue of suspension of gas supply to textile industries for indefinite period, which has rendered several workers unemployed.

The PTEA Chief rebuffed the Petroleum Ministry's plea that the gas companies were under no obligation to provide gas to the industries during three months of winter. He added that the textile industries in Punjab virtually face severe gas crisis all through the year.

Mr. Arif expressed grief that while industrialists are staking heavily to support sustenance of the country's economy, the Government is not paying any attention to the issues that are greatly affecting the performance of the industry.

Meanwhile, Salamat Ali, Chief Co-ordinator and Qamar Aftab, Vice Chairman, Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PHMA) North Zone, said the country's exports heavily rely on textiles and as textile production is being affected by gas supply outages, it would not allow the country's exports to grow at targeted rates.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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