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Post-Independence Progress of
Ahmedabad Textile Mill Industry

Year

No. of  Mills

Spindles
(Million)

Looms
(Thousand)

Workers

1951

74

1.98

42.16

 71,632

1956

71

2.04

41.55

 71,904

1961

72

2.13

42.32

135,538

1966

72

2.43

45.96

134,697

1971

70

2.54

46.40

118,180

1976

66

2.64

47.19

134,482

1981

66

2.70

47.64

141,859

1986*

65

2.74

47.56

106,029

1997

66

2.68

35.23

120,018

1998

NA

2.65

35.17

119,219


Source: Bombay Millowners’ Association: Annual Mill Statements, 1978, 1985.
ICMF Handbook, 27th Edition; Pg. 27 (1998)

In sharp contrast to the relatively steady, positive growth of the industry at the national level, the post-Independence development of the Ahmedabad industry shows a different picture. Whereas the number of spindles and workers may have seen a net increase (post-81 there is a great dip in employment), the number of mills and looms has actually
decreased.

Other STATISTICS

Post-Independence Progress of Indian Textile Mill Industry
Total Production and Exports of Cloth by India
Production of Cloth by Mills, Handlooms and Powerlooms.
Export Shares of Mills, Power-looms and Handlooms
Value of Exports of Indian Textiles (1993 - 2000)
Share of Textile Exports in the Exports of all commodities from India.
Exports of Textiles and Clothing - World and India