”I will take necessary action to protect textile sector”, assured Erode East segment Congress candidate Thirumagan Evara, son of former TNCC president and union minister EVKS Elangovan.After filling nomination with the returning officer and Erode Corporation Commissioner Dr M Elangovan, he told newsmen ”the textile traders observed bandh in Erode on Thursday to protest against steep rise in yarn price, which hit both domestic and export trade as the traders could not get their production cost on par with rise in yarn price.
As textile sector was giving lot of job opportunity next to agriculture in the nation, he and his party would insist the centre and state government to reduce yarn price immediately and fix fair price once in a month.
When his father was MInister of state for textiles in UPA 1, Cenvat, slapped by Vajpayee rule, on textile sector was removed, duty drawback for exporters were hiked, technology upgradation fund scheme and new textile policy were introduced, many textile parks and handloom clusters were created.
The same progressive approach was followed in UPA2 regime also. But, after the BJP rule came to power in 2014, the sector was brought under GST and many sops were withdrawn.
So, the sector was facing much problem and export was in diminishing trend, he rued. Those who produce cloth in powerloom by using rayon yarn were also suffering due to yarn price.
The UPA’s handloom cloth reservation order was also not properly enforced affecting handloom sector.
The turmeric and tapioca growers were also suffering in the district without getting fair price for their produce.
Their demands of creating units to produce value added products, research center, export terminal, food park etc were not considered.
He would try to attend such problems also textile and turmeric trades were base for the economy of the district, especially Erode city covering entire Erode East segment.
In his election meeting at AET school, Erode, the PM Modi assured to upgrade both textile and turmeric trade to world level but nothing was done.
If he is elected, he would influence his party to deal the problems in textile and turmeric trade and production activities.
He said his focus would also be on relaying all roads in the city which were in poor condition, ensuring daily water supply, completing much delayed UGD project, streamlining traffic system, improving job opportunity of educated mass and basic amenities etc.