FAISALABAD - Industrialists and exporters have strongly resented the long hours unscheduled power cuts and Government’s failure to honour its commitments regarding end to power crisis by  May 12. The industrialists are considering restarting their protest campaign, said Pakistan Textile Export Association (PTEA) President Rana Arif Tauseef while addressing a press statement here on Thursday.

Expressing his disappointment, the PTEA said that a delegation of textile millers under his leadership met with power minister last week and apprised him of the negative effects of sever loadshedding on industries in Faisalabad. The Federal Minister was informed that industries were facing serious economic problems due to long and unscheduled electricity loadshedding as entire brunt of power crisis has been diverted towards Punjab.

He claimed the Federal Power Minister was informed that the loadshedding was intentionally being carried out in the export oriented city and textile hub of the country just to ruin the unique export culture of Faisalabad. It was not the production loss alone but the loss of export orders has now become order of the day and it was a known fact that foreign buyers were now placing their orders to other regional countries. Rana Arif Tauseef said that Syed Naveed Qamar had assured the delegation of end unscheduled loadshedding and exemption of textile industry from outages and reduction in loadshedding duration from 4 to 3 hours for industries.

The PTEA chairman said that he (minister) had assured that these decisions would be implemented from May 12 and the power supply situation would improve drastically in the coming days.

Rana Arif Tauseef said that the government had failed to honour its commitment to bridge the gap between the demand and supply and end unscheduled loadshedding as power crisis was still on its heights. He said that they also demanded the power minister to reduce equalization surcharge rate in Punjab to 2% like other provinces, to fix the electricity prices for six month and abolish fuel adjustment surcharges. He also demanded to end charging of MDI surcharge during loadshedding hours. Power minister agreed with our proposals and assured us to implement these measures soon.

The PTEA chairman urged the government to fulfil the assurances given to industrialists and threatened to start their protest if energy crisis was not resolved and measures were not taken to redress the problems of the industries.