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Industry minister promises to revive city's textile industry

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, January 07, 2013
First Published: 20:39 IST(7/1/2013) | Last Updated: 20:41 IST(7/1/2013)

Industry minister Anil Joshi has assured textile manufacturers that he would take up their problems with the state government and make efforts to solve all issues concerning the textile industry.

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Joshi was addressing owners of textile units here on Monday. The get-together with the minister was organised by the Amritsar Textile Association.

The minister assured the owners of textile units that there was no proposal to levy any fresh taxes.

When some members of the association sought to know details of the property tax levied by the government, the minister said that the tax to be paid by owners of properties was within reasonable limits. Moreover, the state government has to levy this tax or else the central government will not release funds for certain developmental schemes, he said.

Joshi said that one of his priorities was the revival of the textile industry of Amritsar.

Finished textile products of the city are much sought after in different parts of the country, but due to various factors, including terrorism, the industry collapsed with many manufacturers shutting down their units, he said. "The lost glory of the Amritsar textile industry will be revived at all costs," he added.

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