The need for checking the exploitation of women labourers by private textiles and garments industries in and around Coimbatore district was underlined by the speakers at a day-long seminar on ills of sumangali scheme organised by Centre for Social and Education Development, Avinasi, and a few organisations here on Wednesday.

They urged the State government to take drastic action against the textiles units implementing the scheme and impose a ban on it. Inaugurating the seminar, M.Chinnadurai, district secretary, CPI (M), said that textiles and garments industry in Tiruppur and Coimbatore adopted such schemes to exploit women labourers.

He said that women labourers of Pudukottai and Sivaganga districts were the worst affected. G.S.Dhanapathy, district chairman, Farmers Forum of India, underlined the role of NGOs in the fight against the scheme.