PM orders restoration of power to textile mills

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LAHORE: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has ordered restoration of power to textile mills from 11 pm on Monday ending the 10 days closure of the industry in Punjab, which was denied power since December 21.

The electricity was not restored on Monday morning even after the firm assurance of the federal minister for water and power to the industry in this regard.

When the All Pakistan Textiles Mills Association (APTMA) started contacting its members to initiate protest demonstration it received a call from the PM House for an urgent meeting on Monday evening.

A nine member APTMA delegation headed by its group leader Gohar Ejaz, Central Chairman Ahsan Bashir and APTMA Punjab chairman Shahzad Ali Khan met the prime minister who was assisted by the ministers for finance, textiles and Kashmir affairs.

All the cabinet members present in the meeting supported the stance of the APTMA and requested the prime minister for immediate restoration of power to Punjab based textile mills. They deplored that the power was being singularly denied to the industries of one province only. The prime minister ordered immediate restoration of power to the industries in the aggrieved province.

He regretted that the power was cut off at a crucial time when the industries were executing export orders. He hoped that with the restoration of power the mills would recall all the labour force that was laid off for a month.

Courtesy: The News

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