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.

Apparel - - REPORT -

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

Pa­cific op­por­tu­ni­ties Part­ner­shipin Viet­nam Agree­mentto USA al­lowswith a ex­port ben­e­fit of are faster yet con­clu­sionto be fi­nalised,of the ex­porter­stalk so that are they ex­pect­ing­can

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.

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