A PEEK INTO THE 56TH IIGF
A Comprehensive Account of the 56th India International Garment Fair (IIGF) held from January 20 to January 22, 2016, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Apparel reports on this Three-Day Fair.
Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, the Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles (IC), Government of Garment Fair (IIGF) 2016, in the presence of Smt Rashmi Verma, Secretary Textiles, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India; Smt Sunaina Tomar, Joint Secretary Exports, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India; Shri Ashok G Rajani, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotional Council (AEPC); Executive Committee Members, Presidents of the Associations, along with the senior officials of the Ministries and esteemed buyers hailing from across the world, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, on January 20, 2016. of the 56th IIGF, highlighted the need to strengthen the Apparel Export Industry. Given its employment and export intensity, the Apparel Industry plays a significant role in the country’s economy. Several new initiatives have been
undertaken by the Government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, to make the development participative and inclusive, in line with the core governance philosophy of sabka saath, sabka vikaas.
The Ministry of Textiles has initiated several measures for promotion of the textile industry in general and in assisting the youth, women and disadvantaged segments of the society in I come to the IIGF, I find that more and more exporters are participating with a large number of reputed overseas’ buyers. He assured that support to the IIGF, as this industry provides large employment and earns precious foreign exchange for the country.”
Smt Rashmi Verma, Secretary Textiles, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, during the under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, has emphasised on the economic vision based on boosting manufacturing, growing exports and generating more and more employment; the idea is to embark on the path of inclusive and largest garment show in South Asia, covering apparel and fashion accessories; encompassing a The objective is to showcase the latest garment and fashion accessories’ trends shaping up.” This sector being the highest employment provider in the manufacturing sector has a much bigger role and responsibility. India has the significant advantage of a young population offering huge potential for a demographic dividend by getting gainful employment in this sector with just three months of training, she added. export industry is extremely thankful to Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar for providing a number of benefits to the garment industry. He further achieve high growth each year because this industry, if the necessary stimulus is provided, can
A LIST OF DEMANDS HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE GOVERNMENT; THE CHAIRMAN IS SURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL KEEP ENCOURAGING THE GARMENT EXPORT INDUSTRY. generate 2,200 jobs with an investment of R30 crore in land, building machinery and utilities. The unique feature of our industry is that with this R30 crore investment, the garment exports of R120 crore can be achieved, out of which, R30 crore would go as wages to the workers.” The textile industry accounts for 14 per cent of industrial production, which is around four per cent of our GDP. Out of 45 million people in the textile industry, 11.22 million people are in garment sector alone. 60 to 70 per cent of the workforce comprises women, mostly coming from weaker sections. The garment export sector is currently about US$ 17,000 million, having a world market share of around 3.5 per cent only. Our industry has the potential to grow much faster and achieve double the exports in a relatively short time. There is a need for an employment-linked incentive scheme for this sector. AEPC would work under the leadership of our Textile Minister and Secretary (Textiles) for carving out a policy in this direction,
Shri Ashok G Rajani also informed that, “The
benefits; there are 350 buying agents and 200
shows that the buyers across the world have
compliant destination for sourcing garments.” industry, Shri Rajani stated that, “Exporters are concerned with zero duty access in EU market by
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Rajani explained that the RMG exports were to
corresponding month of December 2014 which the garment industry for their hard work; that despite the unfavourable growth in other sectors, the garment export industry has grown positively. Government to initiate the labour laws simplifications, which is the need of the hour. Labour laws must be flexible and compliant. Women employees should be allowed to work in night shifts, granted fixed-term employment enhancement of working hours and relaxation in overtime, and quarterly cap and liberalising procedures for lay-offs. A list of demands has been given to the Government; the Chairman is sure that the Government will keep encouraging the garment export industry.