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Flat tape makers seek withdrawal of reservation for jute sector

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Hyderabad , Dec. 12

THE All India Flat Tape Manufacturers Association (AIFTMA), an outfit of polypropylene (PP) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) woven sacks manufacturers, decried the recent Government order reserving 90 per cent of food grains and 100 per cent of sugar in favour of jute bags.

At its 31st annual general body meeting held here on Saturday, the association said that the future of HDPE/PP woven sacks industry was at stake on account of the Government order in favour of jute bags. It wanted de-reservation and scrapping of the Jute Packaging Material Act, 1987, which was enacted to protect the jute industry.

AIFTMA had also expressed concern over the import of fabric from Nepal and Bhutan. The HDPE/PP woven sacks manufacturers of the two countries were importing raw material without paying 20 per cent customs duty, whereas the Indian companies have to shell out customs duty. Hence, the association wanted the Government to ban imports from the two countries so as to provide a level playing field to the domestic industry.

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who was the chief guest at the meeting, said that he would exert pressure on the Centre to extend all possible incentives for the growth of the flat tape industry.

Stating that he would provide the necessary infrastructure for the development of HDPE/PP woven sacks industry, the Chief Minister told the association that 24 TMC of water of Polavaram project in the State was exclusively earmarked for industrial purposes.

He also pointed out that a petro chemical industry would come up in the coastal area and the industrial power tariff in the State would be cheaper by four per cent from next fiscal.

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