Ludhiana: In a disappointment for the city regarded as a hub of textile and garments, Punjab has rated seventh in quantity of web exports in the sector in 2019-twenty. In the earlier two yrs, also, the performance experienced been dismal as in contrast with the other states.

As per the knowledge produced by the ministry of textiles, the full amount of money of exports from Punjab for 2019-twenty was of US$ one,509 million. Other states that have rated ahead of Punjab involve Delhi (US$ 2,332), Gujarat (US$ 4,901), Haryana (US$ 3,035), Karnataka (US$ 2,386), Maharashtra (US$ 3,987), Tamil Nadu (US$ 6,766) and Uttar Pradesh (US$ 2,853).

Industrialists reported it was for the reason that of the Centre and the state federal government turning a blind eye to the issues of the garment and textile industry and if these warning signs had been disregarded, Punjab may perhaps slip even more. On the other hand, some businessmen differed and reported the knowledge contained stats for textile products like sarees, carpet, denim, dwelling furnishing and other handlooms, which had been not the specialisation of Punjab.

Expressing resentment more than the stats, Harish Dua, executive council member of Attire Export Marketing Council, reported, “Ludhiana is the largest hub of garment manufacturing in north India. There was a time when we had been variety one garment producers in the country, but thanks to the apathy of the successive Central and state governments, we slid and other states pipped us. 1 of the largest hurdles for Ludhiana’s garment exporters is big expenditure incurred on the outgoing freight until the ports as in contrast with the other states. It has been yrs considering the fact that we have been demanding freight subsidy for garment exporters of Punjab to set us on a par with those from other states.”

Vinod Thapar, chairman of Knitwear Club, reported, “Punjab’s garment industry is in dire need to have of technological progression. Both of those Centre and state ought to occur jointly and introduce a tailor-built technological up grade scheme for us, under which we ought to be given financing at % amount for buy of equipment. Other than, the labour cost is extremely substantial in Punjab as in contrast with the other states. Our competitors in other states have an edge more than us.”

On the other hand, Narinder Mittal, typical secretary, Ludhiana Business Boards, reported there was no need to have to stress. “We are rated at seventh position for the reason that the figures produced by the ministry of textiles involve each garments and textiles. Textiles is a broad phrase that consists of a broad product or service assortment, like jeans, carpets, sarees, dwelling furnishing and specialised materials. Punjab generates very little of this sort and that is why states like UP and Gujarat are far ahead in this list although they do extremely minimal output of garments. On the other hand, there is no denying that we are not the variety one garment manufacturing state any more. Actions need to have to be taken by the state and the Central governments to uplift the garment industry of Ludhiana so that we can regain our missing variety one spot.”