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Powerloom study group submits report to Maharashtra government | India News – Times of India



The state government appointed a committee to study the issues faced by power looms in the state this week and submitted its report with recommendations, including implementation of concession in power tariffs, multi-party power connections in common sheds, development of an online portal to enhance social security and welfare scheme benefits, among others. The committee was headed by Minister Dada Bhuse MLAs Rais Shaikh, Anil Babar, Pravin Datke, Subhash Deshmukh and Prakash Awade were included in the study group as members. The report was submitted to Textile Minister Chandrakant Patil.
The committee was set up after Shaikh raised issues of power looms through calling attention motion in the winter session of the state assembly, discussed with the representatives of various organisations/federations of loom owners to make recommendations to the government.
“We have looked at the issues faced by the power loom industry holistically to prepare recommendations. Textile Minister Chandrakant Patil has assured us that he will look at the recommendations positively and take measures to implement them as early as possible. The state has 12.70 lakh power looms and contributes 10.4 per cent to the country’s total textile production. The implementation of the recommendations will certainly give a boost to the industry,” Shaikh said.
Shaikh, an MLA from Bhiwandi (East), said that one of the important recommendations cis a subsidy in power tariffs for the looms. “The government has announced Rs 0.75 per unit concession in power tariff for the category of 27 HP to 201 HP power loom owners, but the same is yet to be implemented. As a result, the production cost of power loom owners has remained high, and they are incurring a financial loss. So, the immediate implementation of the concession in power tariff will revive the ailing power loom industry. We have also recommended that power loom owners having looms below 27HP shall be given a special subsidy of Rs 1 per unit,” Shaikh explained.
The legislator further said the committee has also recommended allowing multi- party electricity connections in a common shed. It has further suggested developing an online portal to increase the registration of the loom owners to ensure that loom workers get the maximum benefits of various government schemes.
Other suggestions include having reservations about the production from the simple looms, appointing the Maharashtra State Powerloom Corporation to purchase uniform cloth and other cloth required for the government departments, using solar power, and a 5% interest subsidy scheme, among others.





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