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RECENT REPRESENTATIONS MADE BY ATMA TO THE GOVERNMENT AND OTHER AUTHORITIES ON BEHALF OF THE ORGANISED SECTOR OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY

Representation dated August 18, 2000, addressed to Tariff Advisory Committee regarding REVISION IN FIRE TARIFF. The new tariff effective from 01.05.2000 is now being implemented for majority of the risks. The anomalies in the tariff structure have substantial adverse effect on the textile units. They need immediate review for a quick decision. Representation dated April 10, 2000, addressed to Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, regarding ALL INDIA FIRE TARIFF MADE EFFECTIVE FROM 01.05.2000 - SUBSTANTIAL ADVERSE EFFECT ON TEXTILE INDUSTRY The new fire tariff needs immediate review and reconsideration, under several relevant points. Representation dated May 15, 1999, addressed to Secretary (Industries, Mines and Energy Department), Government of Gujarat (GoG)

 The textile industry continues to be one of Gujarat’s major industrial sectors and perhaps tops the industrial sector in providing employment. GoG, in the past came out with rehabilitation packages for loss making as well as sick units. However, no financial package has ever been considered for healthier units, which may become weak due to various reasons. It is therefore suggested that GoG should consider a financial package in order to avoid future sickness in the presently viable units.

ATMA has prepared the following points, which may be considered by GoG while mooting such a package: 
- High Cost of Power 1) Exemption from electricity duty and sales tax thereon and 2) Captive Power   PlantSales Tax Exemption
- Loan for Voluntary Retirement Scheme
- Purchase Tax Exemption
- Sale of Surplus Land
- Uniform Rate of Sales Tax on Cotton, Cotton Yarn and Blended Yarn  

Representation dated September 07, 2000, addressed to Mr Yashwant Sinha, Finance Minister, Government of India, on the issue of Extending benefit for procurement of inputs from EOU/EPZ Units against Duty Exemption Pass Book (DEPB) Scheme against Advance Release Order (ARO) Procedure of EXIM Policy.ATMA seeks the Hon’ble Minister’s attention regarding the anomalies in operationalisation of DPEB scheme. These anomalies if corrected could arrest avoidable expenditure compulsorily being incurred by the industrial units (in this case, textile units) undertaking exports.

- Submission to Second National Commission on Labour on August 02, 2000. ATMA has argued in favor of radical amendments in existing labour legislation. The existing labour legislation is not in tune with the new (post-1991) policies of liberalisation and globalisation, as accepted by the Indian State. Some of these laws determine not only the health of industries, but that of the Indian economy as a whole, and consequently and ultimately, the interests and welfare of the working class also. Specifically, ATMA seeks amendments in the following laws:
- Industrial Disputes Act, 1947
- The Employees’ State Insurance Act
- Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970
- The Payment of Wages Act

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