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Tirupur knitwear exporters want facilities for workers

Saying that Tirupur does not have proper amenities for medical treatment, exporters want an ESI hospital with the necessary facilities to cater to patients with various major health problems. They want funds to build women’s hostels and labor quarters.

More than five lakh workers, mainly women, are employed in the sector directly and indirectly. About 65 per cent of the 3.5 lakh workers are women from a rural background. About 44 per cent of its 8.78 lakh population is employed in the knitwear and stakeholder units. Exporters also want a Rs 200 crores central grant to set up effluent plants.

The Tirupur knitwear trade contributes a revenue of Rs 33,000 crores a year, both from exports and the domestic market. Now, it wants comparative advantages its counterpart cities have, mainly in infrastructure and other business facilities like the smart city tag. Tirupur has been included in the list of smart cities but nothing further has been done. The city wants further action on this front and some movement in that direction as that would directly help increase exports from that town and upgrade the quality of life.

Among 506 cities and towns of India that provide employment, Tirupur occupies a premier position.