Surat: The call given by the Vypari Ekta Manch (VEM) to stop delivery of grey cloth to textile markets on Ring Road received a mixed response on Wednesday. Many markets did not allow the delivery on Ring Road and while it was business as usual at few other markets.
Delivery of grey cloth went as per routine in areas like Puna and Saroli. Many traders on Ring Road got the grey cloth delivered at dyeing mills directly.
VEM, is a joint body of seven different textile market associations, including South Gujarat Textile Traders Association (SGTTA), Surat Mercantile Association (SMA), Vyapar Pragati Sangh (VPS), among others. In a meeting held on Monday at Surat Textile Market (STM), the VEM decided to stop delivery of grey cloth from Wednesday.
Meanwhile, office-bearers of the Federation of Gujarat Weavers’ Association (FOGWA) claimed that the delivery of grey cloth continued as usual.
But VEM officials refuted the claim. “Majority of the big markets on Ring Road did not accept the delivery. Traders from some markets even sent the cloth back when the transporter came for the delivery,” said Arvind Vaid, coordinator of VEM.
Banners were put up at a few markets to create awareness about the decision of VEM. Textile traders are demanding a discount of 5% and brokerage of 1%. While on the other hand, FOGWA is refusing the give the discount or brokerage and demanding 10 paisa per metre transport cost.
It was FOGWA that first raised the demand for transport cost after which VEM presented their demand for discount. The 6% discount and brokerage were discontinued two years ago after GST was introduced.
“Majority of weavers are in support of FOGWA and are demanding transport cost. However, it was business as usual on Wednesday since traders accepted the delivery of grey cloth,” said Ashok Jirawala, president FOGWA.