INDIA: Statement of Shri V.S.Velayutham ‘Vote-on-Account 2009-2010
Shri V.S Velayutham, Chairman, Texprocil has stated that the Indian textile industry, which is currently reeling under the impact of financial turmoil and slowdown in the demand of textile goods in major markets, will have to wait for a period of four to six months for concrete policy measures to for revival of this employment intensive industry.
While welcoming the interest subvention of 2 per cent on pre and post shipment credit for Textiles sector till September 2009 by earmarking an additional outlay of Rs 500 Cr, Mr. Velayutham expressed concerns regarding uncertainty created on account of the distribution policy of cotton which is seriously eroding competitiveness of Indian textile industry.
The government’s objective to substantially increase Plan expenditure to the tune of 0.5-1.0% of GDP for the year 2009-10 at the time of the presentation of the regular Budget while providing a stimuli to the Indian economy and help Indian Textile industry to cope with the global recession in the long run overlooks the crisis in the short term.’
Added: February 18, 2009 Source: Agencies