Staff Reporter

Target will be achieved, says Minister

ERODE: During this year, it has been decided to export Rs. 12,000 crore worth of textile goods, garments, fabrics, handloom and powerloom products from Tamil Nadu to other countries, the Handlooms and Textiles Minister N.K.K.P. Raja, told presspersons here recently.

The Minister said that during last year, Rs. 10,000 crore worth of such goods had been exported.

It had been originally decided to export Rs. 15,000 crore worth of products, but due to the sudden spurt in rupee value in international level and reduction of dollar value, it was decided to export Rs. 12,000 crore worth of goods.

He expressed confidence that the target would be achieved. He hoped that next year, more than Rs. 15,000 crore worth of textile goods would be exported.

Mr. Raja said that yarn was available to all weavers of various weavers’ cooperatives and there was no scarcity regarding yarn.

Regarding the sharp increase in the rupee value, many textile exporters had been affected.

So the Tamil Nadu Government officials had written to the Prime Minister to extend Union Government help to such affected exporters.

He hoped that the Chief Minister would soon represent the issue to the Prime Minister and Finance Minister.