The Textiles Ministry is working on a mega event ‘TEXTILES INDIA 2017’, where all segments of the Indian Textile Value Chain, from Fibre to Fashion, are going to be showcased to the world. The event, planned for June 30th, July 1st and 2nd, will be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, and is likely to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. CMAI has been invited to showcase the Domestic Apparel Industry, both Brands and Retail, at this event, and has started working closely with leading players to put up a grand show. This is a unique concept visualised by our dynamic Minister, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani. We have always highlighted India as being one of the few countries in the world having the complete value chain in Textiles, and this show is a perfect vehicle to display our strengths across the chain. The fact that CMAI is the only non Government body to be selected to showcase its segment is indicative of the growing recognition and appreciation for the yeoman service the Association is providing to the Domestic sector. i thank the Hon'ble Minister for her active support and continuous encouragement in our activities. The Summer season has started in full flow – unfortunately far more in terms of heat than in terms of Consumer purchasing! Record temperatures across the country have probably dampened the enthusiasm to go out and shop, but March ultimately closed on a much more sedate note than what its first few days indicated. As expected, the last fall back of all Brands at the sign of a slowdown – promotions and discounts – was back in action! The predictions of a less than normal Monsoon are further dampening the spirits! GST introduction has again got a shot in the arm with most of the contentious issues being resolved, and chances of an April launch have brightened considerably. However, it is my personal opinion that the Industry is not really prepared for the transition yet, and I would urge a September roll out rather than July. Blame it on the classic Indian habit of waking up at the last minute if you wish, but I would rather see a couple of months delay rather than a disastrous launch. The economy is just about overcoming the turmoil of demonetisation – let it not go through yet another crisis so soon!