Powerloom panel bats for curbs on ready-made garment import

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February 10, 2024 Kolhapur: Restrictions on the import of ready-made garments, a subsidy of Re 1 per unit of power consumed and a 5% discount on the interest over loans taken for expansions are some of the suggestions of the panel appointed to examine the concerns of powerloom owners.

The 14-page report, which has 20 suggestions, was prepared after month-long deliberations with stakeholders and has been submitted to state textiles minister Chandrakant Patil.
Other suggestions by the panel include the relaxation of norms for the registration of small-scale powerloom units.

Around 12.7 lakh powerlooms in the state provide direct employment to 30 lakh people.

Of the 12.7 lakh looms, around 85% of them are plain, while the remaining are advanced and have automatic shuttles.
The panel, headed by minister Dada Bhuse, has recommended the setting up of garment testing labs in Nagpur, Solapur, Bhiwandi, Malegaon and Ichalkaranji – the major textile zones of the state, establishment of mini-textile parks and the inclusion of the garment sector in the ‘one district, one product’ scheme of the central government.
It has also suggested restrictions on the import of ready-made garments, especially from Bangladesh, as it is leading to acute shortages for domestic powerloom owners.
Patil will table the report before the Cabinet before it goes to chief minister Eknath Shinde for approval.

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