In its life-span of nearly 110 years, ATMAs
mission has been to promote the interests of the local
n textile industry as well as trade. ATMA has been
recognized by the Central and State Governments as
the sole representative body for the textile mills
in this centre. Representation has been granted to
ATMA on a number of government and public bodies.
Further, its opinions and recommendations have usually
weighed with the government in framing their policies,
particularly for the textile industry.
During the Second World War, the local textile mills
experienced hardship in procuring essential materials.
ATMA took to procure and distribute controlled materials
(eg. coal) that were in short supply, with the help
of the government. Before the introduction of rationing,
ATMA had made arrangements for sale of food grains
and sugar to the general public at cost price and
thereby endeavored to promote good relations between
the industry, workers and the public. Over time, ATMAs
role has undergone change. Many of its direct services
to the mills (eg procurement of materials) have shrunk
or ceased altogether. At the same time, functions
like centralised collection of octroi from the industry
through ATMA, continue. The textile industry is still
the largest payer of octroi in the city.
Very early on, the Association played a proactive
role in influencing government policy. For example,
in 1923, as representative of the Millowners
Constituency in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Kasturbhai
Lalbhai took up the issue of the 3.5 percent countervailing
excise duty on Indian textiles, which had been unjustly
imposed to counterbalance the duty on the imports
from Lancashire. The resolution was passed with a
large majority and the Indian Government was compelled
to scrap the measure that had plagued the Indian textile
industry for nearly 30 years.
Today, ATMAs most important function
is to voice the concerns of the organised textile
sector and act as a pressure group to influence government
policy. ATMA makes representations before the concerned
authorities, on behalf of its members, on various
issues directly and indirectly affecting the industry.
Every year, ATMA submits a pre-budget memorandum to
the Governments of India and Gujarat. ATMA is a member
of the advisory council of the Ahmedabad Electricity
Company. ATMA is also a member of the Federation of
Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI),
as well as the International Chamber of Commerce.
These organisations act as lobbying bodies.