OUR STAFF REPORTER FAISALABAD - Textile exporters and industrialists have urged the government to immediately stop discrimination in gas supply to upcountry industries, as 3-day a week suspension of gas supply has forced closure of industrial units, rendering thousands of workers unemployed. These demands were raised in a meeting of Pakistan textile exporters Association here Wednesday. PTEA Chairman Rana Arif Tauseef, while briefing newsmen after the meeting, said that textile exports of the country, hit by three-day gas closure, were already tottering by decreasing October export figures. Quoting the figures, he said that the export of cotton yarn had declined 26pc while the export of cotton cloth was showing steep decline of 32pc, similarly knitwear export has come down by 26pc and of bed wears 28pc. Export of towels is down by 12pc and of readymade garments by 14pc in the month of October. Instead of remedying the situation, textile industry is being pushed to the wall. The industry would remain shut for 120 days out of 365 days of the year; manufacturing would be reduced and industrial output would be down by 33pc; millions of daily wagers would be out of job and the exports of the country would further decline, he apprehended. Rana Arif said that gas shortage have shed negative impact on entire industrial sector that was already passing through very challenging times. Not only the textile exports and productions have nosedived but the graph of unemployment has also gone up as large number of industrial units have closed down their operations. As a consequence of loadshedding, the textile production capacity of various sub sectors has been reduced up to 60 per cent and cost of production has also risen as some industrialists use alternative source, he said. Due to such dramatic situation, 60 to 70 per cent of the industry have been affected and is unable to accept export orders coming in from around the globe, he stated. Government still could not develop long term strategy and planning to tackle energy crisis, which is putting an adverse effect on the production, he said, adding, especially exporters of textiles were in deep trouble, because they would not be able to produce and export textile products within the given time frame. PTEA chairman said the discriminatory attitude of the government was not only denting its goodwill and reputation but had also put a question mark on its ability to manage and govern things. He said that the units in southern region were getting an almost uninterrupted supply. Upcountry industrialists were risking everything to keep the wheel of economy running and were compelled to use four times costlier alternative fuels. However, the government was not paying heed to their problems due to which they have become desperate, he lamented. He said that if there is any constitutional or political hindrance, Government should subsidize the alternative fuels for upcountry industries.