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Sharma reviews key issues on Day 1 as Textiles Min

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 21:50

New Delhi: Commerce and Industry Minister
Anand Sharma on Wednesday took additional charge as Textiles Minister
and reviewed ways to help reopen over 1,000 textile units in
Tamil Nadu that were closed on court orders for violation of
pollution norms.

After a three-hour long meeting with the senior officials
of the ministry, Sharma said, the government proposes to
constitute a group which will address the issue particularly
with regards to the units in Tirupur.

"We have proposed a group so that the work is done in a
time-bound manner and the challenges (with regards to court
order) there are addressed," he said.

In January this year, the Madras High Court had ordered
the closure of dyeing and bleaching units in Tirupur for
discharging effluents polluting the Noyyal river.

Besides, Sharma reviewed the functioning of various
segments of the industry, including cotton, silk and

"We will see that the functioning of the institutions
where upgradation is required or need to make it robust.
A number of issues, which requires a sense of urgency, were
discussed and also the revival of Tirupur. These shall be
addressed with a sense of urgency," he said.

Asked about allowing further export of cotton, Sharma
said, "We need to look into what is the exportable surplus,
accordingly an appropriate view will be taken because we have
to keep a closing balance to meet the the industry demands. We
are regularly monitoring the situation and a considered view
will be taken."

In June this year, the government decided to allow
exports of an additional 10 lakh bales of cotton during the
current season ending September.

As of now, the closing surplus is 17.5 lakh bales (170 kg
each). Last year, the government had decided a closing stock
of 50 lakh bales which was further lowered to 27.5 lakh bales
in January.

According to the Agriculture Ministry data, the country
is estimated to have produced a record 339 lakh bales in
2010-11 crop year against 242 lakh bales in the previous

However, the Cotton Advisory Board has lowered the cotton
output to 312 lakh bales in April from 329 lakh bales, mainly
due to unseasonal rains in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and
Maharashtra last December.


First Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 21:45

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