Tamil Nadu textile hub happily bags screen-printing orders as elections near

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Tirupur (Tamil Nadu), Mar 12 (ANI): As general elections near, printing of flags of various political parties is in full swing in Tirupur in Tamil Nadu.

Tirupur, also known as India's Manchester, accounts for a sizeable chunk of the country's textile printing.

Tirupur alone contributes to more than 60 per cent of printing activities in Southern India.

The printing of images of party leaders and symbols of political parties on T-shirts and caps are the major attractions of the district.

The district receives orders from all over the state and from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala from all the national and regional political parties.

Workers, who been part of the screen printing industry since last 20 years, are all geared up and are eagerly waiting for the release of list of candidates.

"We are waiting for the final list of candidates to be released, which would bring more orders. Thousands of workers are engaged in screen printing business. We are confidently waiting for the business to pick up," said Rajendran, an employee.

Workers also expressed that recession has affected their industry as well. Thus they have received less orders as compared to previous years.

"We are getting limited orders this time. Earlier during elections, we used to get orders in bulk, but now it has considerably come down. The main reason for this is the rates of cloth and chemicals are very high," said Selvaraj, another employee. By Jehovah. G (ANI)

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