‘Domestic units hit by Chinese dumping’

Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambi Durai on Monday expressed concern over the continuing closures of textile and mosquito net manufacturing units — belonging to the category of small and medium enterprises — in his Parliamentary constituency of Karur, due to what he called the dumping of low-cost products from China and Bangladesh.

Raising a supplementary question during the Question Hour, Mr. Thambi Durai complained that no action seemed to have been taken against the dumping of goods.

He also said though the quality of products made in the country was low, the price remained uncompetitive in the international market.

Training suggested

He suggested that a training programme be implemented for the rural youth, using facilities available at the engineering colleges and polytechnics which were otherwise facing the prospects of closure.

The Deputy Speaker wanted to know whether the government had formulated a policy on imparting skills to the youth.

In his reply, Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, said the Centre would soon come out with an industrial policy to address the issues of productivity, scalability and global competitiveness.

Apart from having an anti-dumping agency in place, the government had brought together various agencies under one umbrella so that aggrieved domestic producers could approach it instead of going from one organisation to another, the Union Minister added.

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