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Power crisis repressing growth of textile sector

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Oct '08
Energy crisis has become a recurring problem in Pakistan that seems to have no end. The textile industry that is already wounded from the increasing inflation, growth decline and financial crunch, power supply cut for more than 10 – 15 hours has added fuel to the fire.

Rising input cost due to non-availability of uninterrupted power and gas supply to the industrial units, has repressed the production and created havoc for the existing businesses in Pakistan.

Experts are of the opinion, the textile sector have been contributing significantly for the country's economic growth but what is sad is, knowing such a huge crisis looming over the highest foreign exchange earner, government is not paying due heed to this sector.

This situation will result in unemployment surge, failure in achieving export target and reduction in tax collection, which in turn would heighten the economic crisis.

While commenting on the crippling textile sector, Mr Yunus Bin Aiyoob, Secretary General, Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association, told Fibre2fashion, “Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) has all of a sudden increase 70 percent of electricity and Gas price. Some other members have decided that if such rise is continues, they will be compelled to shut down their manufacturing unit.”

Right now Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) along with Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association are standing together to protest for such a price rise.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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