The Joint Action Committee, comprising various textile units in Tirupur, has sought the intervention of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to revive the knitwear sector that has been in crisis for the last few months.

Talking to The Hindu, Textile Exporters' Association (TEA) president A. Sakthivel said that the problem started when the Madras High Court ordered closure of Common Effluent Treatment Plants, IETPs and the dyeing and bleaching units in Tirupur for failing to achieve zero liquid discharge. Since then, the members of Joint Action Committee have been trying to find a lasting solution, but failed to achieve a positive result.

“Already one lakh workers have lost their jobs. If the same situation continues, more number of people employed with knitwear sector units, allied sectors, service sectors including spinning mills will also get affected. It will also result in loss of export business of Rs.12,500 crore per annum and domestic business about Rs.4,000 crore per annum,” he said.

He said that Ms. Jayalalithaa in her party's election manifesto had promised to resolve the ongoing pollution issue of Tirupur.

“Hence, a small delegation, comprising the TEA, South India Hosiery Manufacturers' Association, Knit Cloth Manufacturers Association, Dyers Association of Tirupur, Tirupur Export Knitwear Manufacturers Association, Tirupur Industrial Federation, Tirupur Export Knit Printers Association, South Indian Imported Machine Knitters Association, Computer Embroiderers Association, the Knit Compacting Association and Tirupur Raising Association have sought an appointment with Ms. Jayalalithaa to discuss the current situation and the government's help to tide over the present crisis,” he said.

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