SIMA Seeks Interim Package For Textile Industry

SIMASouthern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) has appealed to the Tamil Nadu chief minister to take up with the centre the need for an interim package that will improve the competitiveness in the textile and the spinning mills in the state.

Association’s chairman, T. Rajkumar said that an interim package will provide subsidy for export of textile products, enabling the industry increase its exports.

Tamil Nadu has attracted over Rs. 1.5 lakh crore investment in the last 15 years. It is the only State having the entire textile value chain – from spinning to garment making – accounting for almost one-third of the size of the country’s textile industry.

But due to the import and export tariff barriers, pending release of subsidies under the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme, import of manmade fibre and yarn, etc., the competitiveness of the industry in the State has been affected.

The State Government has already considered the appeal of the industry to reduce VAT on cone yarn to two per cent from five per cent, exempt cotton and cotton waste from market cess, and draft a textile policy focusing on value addition.

The association has urged to the chief minister to recommend to the Prime Minister allocation of Rs. 6,500 crore for clearing the dues pending under the technology upgradation fund scheme, expedite trade agreements with China and other countries, provide an interim package with subsidies for the textile industry, and reduce the excise duty on manmade fibre.

States such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh have announced textile policies that provide incentives, including capital subsidies and Value Added Tax exemption.

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