Tamil Nadu’s power loom units have urged the State Government to immediately supply yarn to cooperative societies to begin the manufacturing of textile products at the earliest – especially with the Pongal festival not far away.
P. Kandavel, Coordinator, Tamil Nadu Federation of Power Looms Associations wrote a letter to the Chief Minister in this regard. The letter reads that there were 202 Power Loom Weavers Cooperative Societies, in the state, that received yarn and distributed it to its members for manufacturing textile products.
He said that usually manufacturing began in the second week of June or in the first week of July, so that the products would be ready for distribution in January. But this year, yarn is yet to be supplied to the societies.
The Department of Handlooms and Textiles had floated tender notice for purchase of 60s dyed cotton cone warp yarn and polyester texturised yarn.
The tender issued earlier was cancelled and the last date for applying for a new tender is 29 September, and it would further delay the production and wanted societies empowered to purchase yarn from the open market.
He said about 61,000 power loom units in Erode, Salem and Namakkal districts were dependent on the orders.
The federation also requested the Government to release the balance 25 per cent dues pending for the societies for manufacturing school uniforms as workers were not paid yet.