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Pak textile body demands relief package for the industry
25
Feb '12
Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Mohsin Aziz has urged the government for textile industry relief package badly hit by unprecedented electricity and gas crisis.

He said there is an urgent need of rescheduling of loans and 50% rebate on mark up for long term loans to avert massive closure of textile industry due to unprecedented energy crisis in the country.

He said textile industry, particularly in the province of Punjab, was showing alarming downward trends in exports as well as local production since last two quarters due to energy shortage. The whole industry was facing acute financial crunch, unable to repay loans to banks, he added.

According to him, the volume of Non Performing Loans (NPLs) of the textile industry surged to the tune of Rs188 billion in September 2011 against Rs171 billion in December 2010. Also, he added, the infection ratio of NPLs for textile industry has surged to 31.5% in September 2011 against 24.3% in December 2010.

He said textile exports are also down in value terms, dwindling 17% down in January 2012 against corresponding period, keeping monthly exports below one billion dollar, which was on an average over $1.2 billion during 2010-11.

There is a consistent decline for the last four months and it is becoming impossible to achieve announced $16 billion export target for current fiscal against $14 billion last fiscal year and it is likely to stay below $12 billion.

He said the textile industry was not generating export surplus in the absence of gas and electricity. He said gas supplied remained disconnect for 172 days during last calendar year besides average load shedding of six to eight hours a day on independent and grouped feeders.

Chairman APTMA said textile exports have registered unprecedented decline in quantitative terms since November 2011. He said exports of cotton cloth, knitwear, bed wear and towel have declined by 40%, 35%, 30% and 22% in January 2012 against the corresponding period.

He said the textile industry was heading fast to a collapse like situation. He said massive litigation would be a direct outcome of the situation, as the textile industry was not in a position to keep its capacities operational due to unprecedented energy crisis.

He said the textile industry becomes unviable if it is unable to be operational 24/7 for 365 days a year, as it is highly capital intensive industry and can attain efficiency only if operations remain intact. However, the prevailing situation is quite contrary to the industry viability; therefore, bank servicing was becoming difficult with every passing day.

Mohsin said the industry would become redundant in case no immediate reversal to the situation takes place. He said both the government and the State Bank of Pakistan should act prudently and announce relief package for textile industry to avert bankruptcies, massive layoffs and a sharp cut inexports of the country.

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA)

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