Calls for a range of measures to be included in the 2002-03 budget to boost the textiles sector have come from firms including Indo Rama, Bombay Dyeing, Grasim, Madura Coats, Shamkin and Verdhman.

Meeting as part of the Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) National Committee on Textiles, they said they would like to see the removal of a four per cent additional excise duty (AED) in lieu of sales tax on processed fabric, and a cut in the duty on industrial synthetic sewing thread from 18.4 to eight per cent.

The companies also said they wanted a reduction in the margin of transaction value from 15 to 5 per cent.