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Local textile industry affected by foreign garment influx

Batik, Handloom Textiles and Local Apparel Productions State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said in Parliament yesterday that local textile manufacturers are badly affected because of the foreign garments influx in the market.

The Minister said was participating in the debate on eight issues including the regulations under the Import and Export Act, the provisions under the Strategic Development Projects Act and the proposal to revise the salary and allowances of the Director General of the Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption.

He said that a number of factors had contributed to the decline in the production of local handloom textiles and the local handicraft industry collapsed in the importation of large quantities of textiles such as saris, pillows and bedding.

The State Minister said that the local handicraft industry could not be developed because of this issue and the Government is taking steps to revive the batik industry.

The Government plans to provide an incentive of Rs. 5,000 to those in the local handicraft industry. He said that Dhamma school teachers need 76,000 uniforms a year and arrangements have been made to produce the saris locally and provide them to teachers from this year. He added that from this year, local manufacturers have been provided with the opportunity to supply the fabrics for school and security.