The Federation of Gujarat Weavers’ Association (FOGWA) has petitioned Indian minister of state for road transport and shipping Mansukh Mandaviya urging him to ask the Gujarat state government to formulate a textile policy on the lines of the Maharashtra state Government state to stop power loom weavers from Surat migrating to neighbouring Maharashtra.
About 250 power loom units have moved to Navapur in Maharashtra due to the proactive textile policy of the state. The units have been set up in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) estate in the last one year, according to a report in a top Indian English-language daily.
The Maharashtra government is offering electricity at ₹1 per unit to encourage women entrepreneurs to set up units there. If the same policy is adopted by Gujarat, the textile sector will scale new heights, according to FOGWA president Ashok Jirawala.
The benefits provided by the Maharashtra government include cheap electricity tariff at less than ₹3.5 per unit, 35 per cent subsidy on capital investment on bank loan and 50 per cent subsidy on own investment and cheap land prices compared to Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation estates in Surat.
Power loom units in Surat have been paying electricity tariff at ₹7.30 per unit and the total subsidy on capital investment is just 15 per cent. (DS)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India