The textiles industry setup in our country is dependent on exports as approximately 80 percent of the goods produced are exported in one form or the other. Due to international slow down and domestic macro issues including energy crisis it has been reported by association concerned that in last five years approximately around 40,000 power looms of different sizes ie 44, 52, 114 and 120 inches have been closed. It has also been reported by the concerned association that 12 percent of units closed have diverted to other textile sub-sectors including embroidery. Further, due to closure of power-looms the upstream sizing industry has also been closed which will become operational on working of power looms.
Although exact number of employees cannot be determined as majority of power looms are cottage industry and self-owned and is not documented being in the informal sector. However, it is estimated that around 30,000 labourers were affected during non-operational period. It is also estimated that 17 percent of labour has now been working for other textile sectors including embroidery, he added.