February 08, 2024 Kolhapur : Six-member panel appointed by the state textile ministry to study the issues concerning the powerloom owners submitted the report to textile minister Chandrakant Patil. The panel under Nashik guardian minister Dada Bhuse included key representatives from textile zones of the state. During the submissions of the report by Ichalkaranji MLA Prakash Awade, Bhuse and many other members were absent.
Stakeholders claim that Bhuse’s absence shows that the panel lacked seriousness. Powerloom business is spread in Ichalkaranji, Bhiwandi, Malegaon, etc.
“Panel members were asked to visit textile zones and meet the stakeholders to know their concerns but no one visited them. Only two members out of six were present during report submission. We doubt if the panel even held meetings with stakeholders before preparing the report,” Vinay Mahajan, president of Ichalkaranji Powerloom Association, said.
The panel was formed after Congress MLA Rais Sheikh raised the issue of the issues faced by the powerloom sector. The state government has approved Textile Policy 2023-28.
“The policy had loopholes. There was no mention of 12 lakh plain powerlooms in the state, which is the base of the textile sector providing employment to large number of people. Interest subvention policy and the concessions in the power bills which led to uproar from the stakeholders was missing in the report,” Mahajan added.
Prakash Awade, member of the panel told TOI said that the panel was given one month to submit the report and therefore the field visits were not carried out.
“We discussed in length with the associations from across the state. We held three meetings in total. Each of the concern is in the report with the solutions. Now, the report will be presented before the state cabinet before its implementation,” he said.
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