Pak garment units exempted from lockdown, start production

08 Apr '20
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Pic: Shutterstock

Pakistan’s garment industry has started production following a government announcement exempting it from the ongoing lockdown. The Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) and Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PHMA) appreciated the decision, vowing to take strict precautionary measures.

PRGMEA chief coordinator Ijaz Khokhar said the opening of industry will retain millions of workers in their jobs, especially the women and the poor. PRGMEA regional chairman Sohail A Sheikh said urged the government to focus on formulating sector-wise polices for boosting exports, , according to Pakistani media reports.

PHMA vice chairman Shafiq Butt suggested the government should take economic measures to keep industrial wheels running and save the livelihood of millions, including fast disbursement of all outstanding sales tax refunds.

Meanwhile, APTMA Punjab chairman Adil Bashir demanded that the government should withdraw the ad hoc bills of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL ) and extend the last date for payment of gas bills issued for March till the lockdown is lifted. Since there has been no production since March 23, therefore, there has been no consumption of gas in the textile units, he said.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)

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