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Release arrears for jobless textile workers - INTUC
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Apr '09
Recently, city cell of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) held a gathering for laid-off mill workers in Ahmedabad where more than 1,000 jobless mill workers were present.

The issue of UPA government's Textile Workers Rehabilitation Fund Scheme (TWRFS) was raised by INTUC at this gathering. This Rehabilitation Fund Scheme is for workers affected by the shut-down of textile mills in the country.

The Union Textile Minister had distributed arrears amounting Rs. 7 crores in July, last year to more than 2,000 workers affected by the closure of several textile mills in Gujarat. This arrears distribution was done under provision of TWRFS, which was launched to look after the interests of the jobless textile mill workers.

Being a textile hub, in the late 90s, Gujarat was among the worst affected states in the country facing shut-downs of textile mills. According to the statistics revealed by experts, there are more than 10 lakh workers in the state who have lost their jobs due to closure of textile mills.

In Ahmedabad, alone, there are over 6 lakh such workers. For more than 60 percent of such workers, salaries, gratuities and other service benefits are still not being released by the private mill owners

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