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Seek justice: DAT members observing a fast in Tirupur on Wednesday. —
Seek justice: DAT members observing a fast in Tirupur on Wednesday. —

Staff Reporter

Tirupur: The members of the Dyers’ Association of Tirupur (DAT) on Wednesday observed a fast and demanded immediate assurance from State and Central Governments in off setting the capital expenditure to a tune of nearly Rs. 800 crore incurred in setting up the Common Effluent Treatment Plants ensuring zero effluent discharge into River Noyyal.

In a release, President of DAT S. Samiappan expressed displeasure at the Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) releasing the text of the talks held between the TEA and DAT.

DAT recalled its demand for keeping aside two per cent of the drawback on garments could be set apart for supporting environment protection activities of the wet processing sector of textile industry. While Textiles Secretary expressed inability for doing any such statutory provision, TEA had suggested setting aside at least half-a-per cent of the drawback funds for meeting the environment protection related needs.

DAT clarified that the idea of setting apart a two per cent of the drawback was for promoting a separate corporation under the Public Private Partnership model to manage solid waste disposal. The drawback money need not be handed over to DAT and the observations of TEA on this subject were not factually correct.

In a charged situation, stopping production with immediate effect alone proved to be the only option left before the DAT. The same was also communicated to all the associations. The decision of DAT to charge Rs 7.50 per kg as drying charges met with resistance from TEA and the decision remained only on paper and many of the TEA members had huge arrears in terms of normal dyeing charges. DAT urged TEA to join hands and work united for the growth of Tirupur.

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