CPI State Secretariat member and AITUC State president K. Subbarayan said that the increase in load shedding hours was a clear indication that the State Government had failed to set up additional power generation capabilities to reduce the disparity between demand and supply.

“Unsteady power supply has plunged the textile industry in clusters like Tirupur into a mess as the production costs scaled up enormously,” he told mediapersons on Friday. The State Government should have asked for a greater share from the Central pool instead of remaining satisfied with the 2,825 MW being obtained through the national grid.

He said 54.76 acres of land distributed to 45 landless agricultural labourers in Thalavaipattinam and Oothupalayam under a government scheme in 2003 had now been illegally occupied by a multinational company.

“The CPI members have decided to lead a march to the area on April 30 to grab the land back from the company and hand it over to the real beneficiaries,” he added.

Mr Subbarayan blamed the Central Government for the increase in cotton yarn prices over the last few months.

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