LAHORE: Central Vice Chairman APTMA Seth Mohammad Akbar has urged the Federal Minister for Water & Power Kh. Mohammad Asif to exempt the textile industry from electricity load shedding being confronted by 8-10 hours a day electricity load shedding at present.
Resultantly, he said, the textile mills owners have no option but to close down one shift per day leading to retrenchment of thousands of workers across the country.
Also, he said, the supply chain of value added textile industry has been badly affected due to partial closure of mills in the country.
Seth Akbar said there is an immediate need of correcting the imbalances in order to come out of the crisis like situation.
He further pointed out that the textile industry was facing acute shortage of energy while dealing with the opportunity of GSP plus from the European Union. There was a need of special energy package for industry but the existing sorry state of affairs have incapacitated the textile industry altogether, he added.
Especially, he said, the government should ensure the energy need of textile industry across the value chain..
All the DISCOs should be directed to ensure uninterrupted power supply to mills on independent feeders, having no line losses and full payment of electricity bills, he stressed.
Seth Akbar said only uninterrupted energy supply may ensure production, exports and employment in the country.
He has expressed the hope that sanity would prevail in the government quarters and the textile industry will be exempted from load shedding before the textile workers come out on streets and take the law into their hands.
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