LAHORE - At least three million industry workers will continue to work during next three months due to federal government’s decision of supplying 100MMCFD gas to textile industry in Punjab.
Traditionally, the Punjab-based textile industry had no option but to lay off these workers during three months of winter due to non-availability of gas supply to the mills in previous years. This decision of the federal government will discard the sense of deprivation among workers of the Punjab-based textile mills.
APTMA Punjab chairman SM Tanvir said that uninterrupted gas supply to textile mills in Punjab will result into an addition of over $1 billion to exports every month. He said this huge inflow of foreign exchange will stable the Pakistan rupee in line with the announcement of the Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
Chairman APTMA Punjab appreciated the efforts made by the Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif in putting forward case of the Punjab-based textile industry to the federal government. He also eulogized the pro-industry approach of the Governor Punjab Ch Muhammad Sarwar and lobbying for GSP Plus status for Pakistan in the EU.
He said 70 percent of the textile industry was located in Punjab and this facility will be translated into economic wellbeing of the people of Pakistan subject to un interrupted energy supply to the textile mills.