LAHORE - The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has said that Pepco is not fulfilling its commitment of smooth power supply to textile industry and carrying out loadshedding only for four hours. According to a press release issued here on Tuesday the APTMA said that instead of four hour loadshedding power distribution companies load management range from four to six hours, which is opposite to the assurances given by Pepco to the textile industry in various meetings. According to press release, for solutions of the problems, they have approached the governments high-ups several times but the results remain unproductive at their level. They added that the outcome of escalating problems of trade and industry due to power crisis would be in the form of dwindling economy and worsening of lifestyle of common man, he added. Press release also said that the millers had been assured that loadshedding would be reduced in the first week of Apr. But no let-up was seen in this regard, it said and added that due to this textile industry was facing the a crisis like situation. It said that the authorities are not capable of controlling severe electricity loadshedding in the country. It said that energy crisis had affected the their industries at large and they are being denied this for a long time. It said that textile millers are being forced to trim their workforce. Electricity crisis has rendered millions of workers jobless. According to industrialsist, the cottage and small industries are more severely affected, as units have been established in residential areas where the electric supply remains for one hour and disconnected for four hours, he added. They said that due to unjustified and unprovoked policies of the govt the cost of doing business has gone exorbitantly high and as consequence numerous were working under-capacity, many industries were closed-down and several have decided to close. Meanwhile, a leader of APTPMA observed that these units are owned by small entrepreneurs, who process clothes that include weaving, dying and printing. In these industries, the workforce is employed either on daily wages basis or on the quantity of fabric processed by them, he added. He said that the machinery requires to operate at least for eight hours and the owners do not take the risk of operating them if the electric supply is inconsistent. Another miller pointed out that the power crisis has directly hit the daily income of at least hundreds of thousands of families who remain without food if the industry remains inoperative for few days. These families had no alternative but to take to the streets. He said that mayhem in trade and commerce sector due to power loadshedding will not only decline the revenue for the govt but also lead to unemployment.