Textile sector

A spanner in the works

Print edition : November 24, 2017

Geeta Puanikar, who earns Rs.50 for every 100 boxes she makes at a textile market in Surat. She makes 1,000 boxes on an average. “Last year was difficult. We saw some improvement this year. Owing to demonetisation I opened an account. But my earnings have reduced.” Photo: Anupama Katakam

Vivek Deswani (right) was in Surat to take back a consignment of sarees to Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh. Before demonetisation he would come to Surat every 20 days. His last trip was three months ago. "People are not buying," he says. Photo: Anupama Katakam

Police lathicharge textile traders who were staging a protest against GST in Surat on July 3. Photo: PTI

Hit hard by demonetisation and GST, micro, small and medium enterprises in Vadodara and Surat, the industrial hubs of Gujarat, are striving to make a comeback.
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