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Politicians chip in to save 137-yr-old Dhariwal mill 

Gurdaspur: Politicians cutting across party lines have taken up the cudgels for Dhariwal Woollen Textile Mills, assuring workers that they will not let the Centre shut the 137-year-old entity, also known as New Egerton Woollen Mills. The Tribune had highlighted the issue in its November 28 edition.The future of nearly 300 employees is at stake with the NITI Ayog recommending the closure of the unit to the Textile Ministry, which has jurisdiction over the mill’s parent company, British India Corporation Limited.Kavita Khanna, industrialist wife of former BJP MP Vinod Khanna, has met the NITI Ayog chairman and discussed a revival plan with him. She also met the Secretary and Joint Secretary, Textiles.“I had earlier helped revive a Mumbai-based sick unit. I am also holding a meeting with top garment exporters in New Delhi to create demand for woollens. The livelihood of so many people is at stake. We cannot afford to shut the unit,” she said.Local MP Sunil Jakhar claimed that he would take up the issue in the upcoming session of Parliament.“I have also spoken to the mill manager and workers and assured them that under no circumstances the mill will be shut. Its revival needs the intervention of the Textile Ministry whose officials have already given me a hearing. It is a complex process, but we are on the job,” he said. Fateh Jung Bajwa, Qadian MLA, said he had discussed the issue with the CM since most employees belonged to his constituency.

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