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Malegaon’s dying textile industry banks on 12th five yr plan for survival

Sunday December 25, 2011 08:12:53 AM, Staff Reporter


Malegaon: On ventilator since 1992, the textile industry in Malegaon is now banking on the 26th December meeting called by the Ministry of Textiles in New Delhi for its survival. The meeting called by the ministry has in its agenda measures for the textile sector to be included in the 12th five year plan which commences from April 01, 2012.

More than 50 people working in the textile industry have been invited from all across the country for Monday’s meeting. Besides Mrs. Sunaina Tomar, Joint Secretary Ministry of Textiles, who will chair the meeting, it will also be addressed by Secretary Textiles Mrs. Rita Menon, Ishwar Sharan of the Ministry of Textiles informed

Giving further details of the meeting Khurshid Ansari, president of the Malegaon Industries and Manufacturers Association (MIMA), who is attending the meeting with three of his team members on the invitation of the ministry to represent Malegaon textile cluster says, Monday’s meeting with the Planning Commission is part of its consultations with experts from different fields to make the 12th five year plan more inclusive.


He says with the same motive MIMA is working with the Planning Commission since 2007 and has demanded to include a special package for Malegaon in the 12th five year plan.

“Textile industry is largest after the agriculture industry in terms of employment generation and turnover. It is strange against this backdrop that the Maharashtra government does not have any policy for this sector. We are tired of this negligence by the state.


"If the government at the centre does not intervene at this juncture and take some tough decisions in the 12th five year plan as promised in its last various meetings, the industry will face a severe blow and the worst affected will be the poor weavers of Malegaon”, he says.

Of the total 2.1 million powerlooms in India, about 1 million powerlooms are in Maharashtra. Out of this Malegaon alone has around 2 lakh powerlooms. An estimated 90% people of the total 6, 50,000+ population of Malegaon depends directly and indirectly on the textile industry. However, except for the occasional booms, the market has remained by and large sluggish since 1992.

“In fact, till Diwali the condition was such that most of the weavers had run out of capital due to the continuous loss and over 70% powerloom units were closed. Things are a bit better now but a paradigm shift in the textile policy is needed as a permanent solution”, Ansari says.








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