Chandauli (Uttar Pradesh), March 26 (IANS) The UP police 'rescued' 16 youths who were walking from Varanasi to Samastipur along the railway tracks.
The youths were forced to take the long walk home after the lockdown was imposed and could not find any means of transport for their journey.
They were working in Calicut in Kerala and had managed to reach Jhansi by train just before the railways shut down services.
"From Jhansi, we took a lift from some trucks that were passing by and managed to reach Varanasi but for the onward journey, we have no option but to walk," one of the youths told the police.
The youths reached the Kuchman railway station when Superintendent of Police Hemant Kutiyal came to know and he rescued them. The youths had not eaten for the past four days.
One of the youth said that they were walking along the railway track so as not to lose the way.
The SP has now obtained special permission and will be arranging for a vehicle to send the youths to their homes on Thursday.
In another related incident, the Meerut police also 'rescued' a labourer, his wife and four children who had been walking around, in search of food.
The family, including the children, has not eaten for more than 48 hours.
Bijender Rana, station officer (SO) of Kankerkhera police station, said, "The entire family was in a bad shape. But, thankfully, they reached well in time. We gave them food and some money too."
The labourer, Imran Ahmad, said that they did not know how to survive the remaining period of lockdown. He told the police that there are hundreds of labourers working at brick kilns who are facing a similar plight.
In Lucknow, the police showed its human face, when it served food packets to the homeless living under the Nishatganj bridge.
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) The Northern India Textile Mills' Association (NITMA) has urged the government to raise customs duty on man-made yarns to 10 per cent in the upcoming Union Budget.
The customs duty on man-made yarn is currently at 5 per cent.
According to the industry body, monthly average imports of Virgin Polyester Spun Yarn have increased manifold from 2015 to 2020. Imports from Vietnam alone have increased over 100 times, as per NITMA.
Sanjay Garg, President of NITMA said that representations regarding the import concerns have been sent to the ministries of finance and textiles.
He noted that the man-made yarn sector is one of the largest employment-generating segments within the textile industry and is highly capital and labour-intensive industry as well.
Garg was of the view that the unreasonably low-priced imports of man-made yarn into India have been causing considerable amount of injury to domestic manufacturers for around the last five years.
In a statement, NITMA said that the surge in imports may damage the domestic man-made fibre (MMF) industry and may lead to non-performing assets and closure of units along with huge employment loss.
"As a recapitulation, he (Garg) humbly appealed to the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Textiles to consider increasing the customs duty on man-made yarn from its present level of 5 per cent to 10 per cent immediately in the ensuing Union Budget for the growth and expansion of domestic MMF industry and to prevent mass level loss of employment," the statement said.