FAISALABAD - The Pakistan Textile Exporters’ Association on Thursday welcomed the decision of providing gas to textile industry for five days a week, saying that it would support the industrial sector.

“The government has admitted that textile industry was playing an important role in the country’s exports and there is strong need to address the issues being faced by the industry and to enhance value added exports of textile products,” said Rana Arif Tauseef, the chairman of the PTEA. He appreciated the initiative taken by the government in load management of gas for industrial sector. “The government has rightly devised the formula for the distribution of available gas to the industry through rotation. In this way, the industrial sector will be able to plan its weekly production schedule,” he said. Furthermore they would also be able to manage weekly off days for their working staff in their manufacturing units, he added.

The PTEA chairman vowed to defend strict implementation of the newly-announced load management schedule of gas and said that the industrialists would not allow anyone to sabotage the new plan. He appreciated across the board distribution of gas and hoped that the government would strictly implement on the scheme in letter and spirit.

He also appreciated that with the load management scheme, they would be able to honour their commitments with their foreign buyers. Mr Tauseef urged the government to also take serious measures to overcome the electricity shortfall which is causing a slowdown of economic activity throughout Pakistan. He was concerned over the deteriorating electricity situation and strongly emphasised the the government to give immediate attention to run the existing units by removing faults.

He said that the situation was going from bad to worse as a result of poor planning and false promises with the nation. Unscheduled electricity outages had become a permanent feature. The forced electricity loadshedding of 16 hours was not only hitting industrial sector adversely but also generating fast economic constraints for the employers and employees especially the daily wagers.