`Training programmes are not tuned to the requirements of the industry'
COIMBATORE: The Palladam Hi-Tech Weaving Park has appealed to the Union Textiles Ministry to allow it to take over the powerloom service centre nearby.
According to the Chairman and Managing Director of the park, M. Senthil Kumar, "the performance of this centre is not up to the expectations of the industry and the training programmes are not tuned to the requirements of the industry." Hence, the park has submitted a proposal to the Textiles Commissioner to take over the service centre with phasing out of Government grant for the centre.
He said that this would benefit the units to be located inside the park and those outside would also be able to use it. The training programmes could be tailor-made according to the industry needs.
He also sought exemption of four per cent Special Additional Duty on fine and superfine varieties of raw cotton. With the abolition of textile quotas, home textiles was emerging as a focus area, especially for exports. Bed linen and home textiles made out of fine and superfine counts of yarn used imported cotton.
"Our competitive capacity and prospects of entering bed linen and home textiles markets have been jeopardised due to the levy of four per cent SAD on raw cotton."
Nil Excise Duty
Mr. Senthil Kumar added that most of the textile mills had opted for nil Excise Duty and hence it would not be possible to adjust the increase in import duty proposed under the Union Budget through "MODVAT" facility.