Textile clusters in Maharashtra will stage a day-long strike
December 28 in protest against the government's decision to allow
cotton export and its negligence to check black-marketing of
"Powerloom clusters across
Maharashtra will remain close December 28 to demand immediate ban
on cotton and cotton yarn export, and to urge the government to
check black-marketing of cotton yarn", Faizan Azmi, president of
Maharashtra Powrloom Federation said while speaking to ummid.com
"The powerloom industry in
Maharashtra is under crisis ever since the government allowed
cotton export. Black-marketing of cotton yarn and
exploitation-tactics of traders worsened the situation even
further", he said.
"Since last few months, we were
continuously appealing to the government to look into the matter.
When it did not pay any heed to our demands, we decided to observe
one day strike", he added.
Maharashtra has an estimated 1.1
million powerlooms in the state and nearly 3 million laborers are
working in the industry. The total number of powerlooms in
Mahrashtra is almost half of that in India.
Due to the strike, powerloom units
spread in the areas like Malegaon, Bhiwandi, Ichalkiranji,
Sholapur, Dhule, Veeta, Yeola, Nagpur, Kamptee, Tarapur and other
places in Maharashtra will remain close for a day.