Though a widespread campaign is being run by RSS and BJP workers to shun Chinese lights this Diwali, industrialists have raised a question mark over other gift items which have flooded the market: blankets and bedsheets. Even Chinese lights are doing brisk business.
While the NDA government imposed anti-dumping duty on yarn coming from China, they took no step on cloth coming from China. So blankets, bedsheets and other garments have already flooded the Indian market. Radhey Shayam Ahuja, president of Ludhiana Yarn Association, said, “Unfinished blankets are reaching the Indian market, and industrialists are cutting the cloth to the size of a blanket. After doing the border work, they are packed and sold in the Indian market.”
Sunil Mehra, a yarn dealer, said, “One can see Chinese blankets and quilts these days; they are cheaper than our Indian products.”
“Just lip service will not serve any purpose. They need to provide congenial environment to local industry rather than just making appeals to buy earthen diyas or candles,” Mehra said. “We can get few small lights coming from China for as low as Rs 15 a piece. No Indian company can afford to sell it at this price. Give us environment, so that we can manufacture and sell the same product at low prices.”
Designer diyas, candles, idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha, decorative items and much more can be seen in the market which have come from China, and people are buying them.