Textile millers assured relief from energy crisis

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LAHORE: Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr Musadik Malik has assured textile millers of real fight against energy crisis to give them immediate relief.


He was responding to the concerns raised by the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) during his visit to the Aptma House.Central Chairman Aptma Ahsan Bashir and Chairman Aptma Punjab Shahzad Ali Khan welcomed the special adviser.


Dr Malik admitted that the situation on ground was worst than actually projected through media and assured the members of bringing real issues forward to the federal government. He further said that he would keep the commitment of supplying electricity immediately to textile mills, particularly in Punjab, as per the requirement.


He urged the Aptma members to show patience and come up with innovative solutions to the energy crisis. “Textile industry is facing production constraints in Lahore, Faisalabad, and Multan. And, I would put up a real fight for you to ensure maximum relief,” he said. However, he added that since he held no executive role in the government, he could not make any promise.


He said that he would use his influence to extend immediate relief to the industry. The government aims at a level playing field for all stakeholders in the industry, he added.Ahsan Bashir said unless the government supplies electricity at Rs10 per unit, the textile business would be unviable.


And, the government continues to supply gas to captive power plants of the textile industry until the government attains its energy vision.Shahzad Ali Khan said energy shortage would bring the industry at the verge of closure, adding the retrenching of workers is a difficult decision for the industry. Other members demanded of the government to purge distribution companies of corrupt elements.

Courtesy:   The News

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