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Textile industry protests export of cotton and yarn

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Large number of workers and traders observe fast in Karur



stir: Textile workers staging a token fast to protest the export of cotton and yarn, in Karur on Friday.

KARUR: Home textile industry in Karur with support from trade and industry bodies observed a fast here on Friday, condemning the Central government's decision to allow export of cotton and yarn. The textile industry has announced a shutdown on Friday and Saturday as well.

Thousands of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers employed in the hundreds of units associated with the textile industry in Karur sat alongside the exporters to register their protest against the move to allow export of cotton , waste cotton and yarn that in turn has pushed the price of cotton yarn . The waste cotton is of paramount importance to the home textile exporters who use coarser counts of yarn for manufacturing their products.

Textile traders received support from across the political spectrum asKarur MP and former Union Minister M. Thambi Durai along with AIADMK district secretary and Karur MLA V. Senthil Balaji visited the protestors .

They assured their party's support for the cause of the textile exporters. They said they would lobby with the authorities for meeting the demands . From the DMK side the former MP K.C. Palanisamy and others commiserated with the “struggling” textile industry people and said they would be behind all their efforts to ensure that the ill-effects of cotton export does not affect the industry fortunes.

Leaders from other political parties too voiced their support saying the need of the hour was unity among all sections of society to save not just textile industry but also the entire economy of Karur district that heavily depended on the fortunes textile units.

Karur Textile Federation president M. Sivakkannan presided over the protest in which the Karur Textile Manufacturers' Exporters' Association president M. Nachimuthu and others participated.

Later the office-bearers of the Karur Textile Federation presented a memorandum to the District Collector (in charge) T. Pitchaiah listing their grievances and demands. The Federation has called for a complete ban on export of cotton, waste cotton and yarn besides calling upon the Centre to formulate a mechanism to keep in check the price of yarn for a definite time frame to make textile industry sustainable.

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