LAHORE  - Sewing Machine Association Tuesday demanded the Punjab government to extend the date of opening of tenders invited for 100,000 sewing machines to be distributed among the deserving skilled and unskilled women, besides making the SMA as part of tendering process.The SMA office-bearers including its president Javaid Iqbal Chaudhy, vice president Saeed Qaiser, Joint Secretary Amjad Ilyas, Shahzad Islam and Mohammad Imran made this demand during their meeting with All Pakistan Cottage Industry and Small Traders’ Chairman Ghulam Sarwar Malik. They viewed that all 450 sewing machine manufacturers should be involved in tendering process as keeping them out of this process means pushing to the wall the 50,000 families directly attached with this business.There was no denying the fact that a questionnaire was sent to them by the department concerned a few days back and they submitted back to the department after filling the questionnaire but on contact to the department on the given date of tender opening, they were informed that they could not qualify for the tender as they don’t have PSI certificate and only one tender of a sewing machine giant was picked for having attached PSI certificate with tender documents. The SMA office-bearers said there is no such condition exists for local consumption of sewing machines and the PSI condition was only for export purpose, therefore, the relevent department should take all the machine manufacturers on board. They said that if the government gives them tender, the Association would take the responsibility of provision of quality machines.They said the SMA members would provide quality machines at the rate of Rs 4200 to 4500 per unit while no other big sewing machine manufacturer could do so and definitely would import sewing machines from China and charge about Rs 6000 to Rs 7000 per unit that would be causing a huge loss to the government.The Association appealed to provincial government to ensure participation of all the Sewing Machine manufacturers in tendering process to save the more than 450 manufacturers from bankruptcy.