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Power-loom sector in a hitch
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Jun '10
Electricity shortage in the power-loom industry and increasing raw material exports to China are impacting the operations of the power-loom industry. Due to this, the strong power-loom sector of Pakistan has started trembling, with a number of power-loom units closing their shutters.

In this regard, an expert said that, the power-loom units are witnessing closure since a year, leaving around 50,000 workers without jobs. The overall textile exports of Pakistan stands at around $10 billion, while last year there was a loss of about $5 billion in the power-loom industry of the country.

The issues such as economic crises, shortage of electricity and exports of yarn are taking toll on the power-loom industry, discouraging the industrialists as well as rendering workers without jobs, thereby, forcing them to end their lives.

About 30 million kg of yarn per year was exported to China from Pakistan till last year, but this volume increased to 80 million kg and is still increasing, on account of the rising demand from the Chinese market, due to its expansion, and better price offers for yarn exporters from the respective market.

Power-loom industry has been urging the government since a year to take remedial measures in this regard, but no substantial steps have been taken as yet, grieved industrial experts. Although, the government has recently imposed 15 percent duty on yarn exports and has re-scheduled the electricity load-shedding, industrialists are still facing challenges.

According to the expert, such an imposition of a regulatory duty will not help much to the industry. Therefore, more steps should be taken by the government to trim down these exports. Unemployment and crisis in the industry have spoiled the lives of a number of industry workers, driving them towards complete disaster.

The textile industry of the country recently staged a strike for weeks to protest against the policies of the government and the imposition of new duties on industry, which has further increased the crisis.

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