Textile exporters demand opening of 150 mills in Sindh

Textile exporters have demanded the Sindh government to allow operations of export-oriented 150 mills in the province while the Sindh government has prepared a list of 70 such factories.

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA)has given a  list of their 57 members in Sindh to the Sindh Chief Secretary, some of the members had more than two units while other mills were also to belong to other trade bodies such as PHMA, Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association.

Textile exporters have suggested opening of export-oriented mills, which have orders,as well as those mills that have their own labour colonies, under standard health protocols. Majority of mills in Nooriabad and Kotri in Sindh have their own labour colonies.

On the other hand, the Sindh government has prepared a list of 70 export-oriented mills that would likely be allowed to operate after following Standard Operational Procedure or SOPs. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, keeping in view the COVID-19 threat, has constituted a committee of health experts, labour and industries department secretaries and representatives of police and Rangers to prepare SOPs for factories so that they be allowed to start operations.

The chief minister has directed the additional chief secretary home to form a committee comprising medical professionals/experts, industries and labour secretaries, senior members of law enforcement agencies and other concerned to prepare a well-thought-out and workable SOP for operationalization of the factories.


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