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MP slams Centre, State Government

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“Thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils not yet rehabilitated.”

“Centre protecting interests of millionaires.”


Tirupur: Tirupur MP C. Sivasami slammed the Central and State governments for not taking effective steps to solve multiple problems faced by the Tirupur knitwear industry due to the steep rise in prices of raw materials such as cotton, and closure of dyeing units.

“The Union Government can be seen only as an administration protecting the interests of millionaires and billionaires,” Mr. Sivasami said recently, while presenting motion of thanks to the President of India for her address to Parliament.

According to him, the cotton price hike and the subsequent increase in yarn prices had plunged the textile industry into a state of despair.

“Interestingly, cotton growers did not stand to benefit out of the huge increase in the prices, as middlemen walked away with all the profits,” he alleged.

He stated the persisting problem in the dyeing segment of the Tirupur knitwear cluster had started threatening the livelihood of lakhs of workers dependent on the industry.

The concern over the absence of a viable mechanism to resolve the inter-state river water disputes and non-implementation of productive schemes to augment agriculture production was highlighted in the speech.

Tamils

Mr. Sivasami said thousands of displaced Sri Lankan Tamils were yet to be rehabilitated. However, the Union Government was silent on such issues which showed their indifference to the cause of Tamils, he added.

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