Man­ag­ing At The Helm

The Cloth­ing Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (CMAI) has been driv­ing the growth of the In­dian Ap­parel In­dus­try for years now. Over the years, the Du­ties and the Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties un­der­taken by the As­so­ci­a­tion have ex­panded and in­deed di­ver­si­fied to acco

Apparel - - Contents July 2018 -

A pro­file of CMAI's Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee

Anurima Das of Ap­parel speaks about the Work­ing of the Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee to un­fold the Eighth and Fi­nal Chap­ter of the Se­ries!

The CMAI was founded in 1963, with an aim to serve the Ap­parel In­dus­try of In­dia, com­pris­ing both, the Ex­ports as well as Do­mes­tic Sec­tors. Over the years, through the last five Decades, The Cloth­ing Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (CMAI) has be­come the lead­ing and the most Rep­re­sen­ta­tive As­so­ci­a­tion of the In­dian Ap­parel In­dus­try, with a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on the Do­mes­tic Sec­tor. It has a Mem­ber­ship base of over 20,000 Com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Ready­made Gar­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers, Ex­porters, Re­tail­ers and the An­cil­lary In­dus­try. With its Head­quar­ters in Mum­bai, CMAI also has Branches in New Delhi, Ben­galuru, and Pune. The Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee is the key and the most vi­tal com­mit­tee of CMAI. Formed right at in­cep­tion, this Com­mit­tee has been the torch­bearer for all other Sub-Com­mit­tees of CMAI.

The Cloth­ing Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia worked its way ahead over the years, on the shoul­ders of a strong Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee. Which in turn paved the way for other vi­tal SubCom­mit­tees such as the PR & Mem­ber­ship SubCom­mit­tee to bring in no­table par­tic­i­pa­tion from ev­ery quar­ter of the in­dus­try, the Con­cil­i­a­tion and Ar­bi­tra­tion Sub-Com­mit­tee to as­sist mem­bers get their dues from the in­dus­try, and many more. CMAI un­der­stood that the en­tire in­dus­try needs to walk hand in hand, thus were born such Com­mit­tees and Sub-Com­mit­tees

to func­tion both in a uni­fied and im­pen­dent way to bring about a change. It was a con­scious choice un­der­taken by the As­so­ci­a­tion to form a Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee that will be lead ahead by the Pres­i­dent of CMAI and which will work on the ba­sis of a con­sti­tu­tion and in co­he­sion with the other Sub-Com­mit­tees of the As­so­ci­a­tion. What was ini­tially started dur­ing the be­gin­ning of CMAI, has un­til to­day, re­mained un­al­tered. So, ini­tially 20 mem­bers were cho­sen to head the Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee. These mem­bers from var­i­ous walks of the in­dus­try, came to­gether to jointly cre­ate a host of se­nior and hon­orary po­si­tions in CMAI. Apart from these, the mem­bers also in­tro­duced po­si­tions such as the Pres­i­dent, Trea­surer, Sec­re­tary, etc. As an ini­tial pro­ceed­ing, they se­lected fit­ting con­tenders for each po­si­tion. Then they elected the right­ful can­di­date from this panel to fill-in the higher lev­els of the As­so­ci­a­tion. As was tra­di­tion­ally es­tab­lished, this Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee vot­ing and em­pan­elling ac­tiv­ity is car­ried out ev­ery two years. Wherein, new mem­bers are elected to be­come the Pres­i­dent, Sec­re­tary, Joint Sec­re­tary, Hon­orary Trea­surer, etc.

The mem­bers of the Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee in­clud­ing the Pres­i­dent him­self are Busi­ness­men in their own right. They run the show and hold vi­tal de­ci­sion mak­ing po­si­tions in their pro­fes­sional lives. How­ever, these mem­bers do not let their own du­ties spill over on the cause of the As­so­ci­a­tion. So, they ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in ev­ery meet­ing, in spite of their busy sched­ules and heavy trav­el­ling plans. In case of emer­gen­cies, they are al­ways ready to call and meet for an emer­gency meet­ing too. Not only that, the Pres­i­dent him­self in­de­pen­dently, al­ways tries to en­thu­si­as­ti­cally look eye to eye into the prob­lems and causes of the in­dus­try and the As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ings are held ev­ery two months to clear facts and de­fine the work­ing of the As­so­ci­a­tion. Be­fore each meet­ing, the agenda for the meet­ing is de­cided by the Of­fice Bear­ers. Who then in­form the Pres­i­dent about the is­sues that the in­dus­try has brought in their radar or that the As­so­ci­a­tion feels needs to be ad­dressed. Once passed by the Pres­i­dent as valid, the meet­ings are con­vened to find so­lu­tions to per­ti­nent prob­lems, set fu­ture plans for the As­so­ci­a­tion into ac­tion, re­solve mem­ber is­sues, etc.

The Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee plays a key role in chart­ing the lat­est changes in the econ­omy, which may di­rectly or in­di­rectly af­fect the in­dus­try and its vi­tal quar­ters and thereby rep­re­sents the en­tire gar­ment fra­ter­nity in ev­ery pos­si­ble way. They do not hes­i­tate to take a step for­ward when needs arise to clear doubts; speak di­rectly to the in­dus­try or to voice the opin­ion of the in­dus­try to the min­istry and the reg­u­la­tory bod­ies. From GST to the much re­cent plas­tic ban, the Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee has never let a sin­gle thought skip them. They have an­a­lysed the con­text of such pol­icy changes in favour and against the in­dus­try and have thereby cre­ated the right­ful rep­re­sen­ta­tion as and when re­quired. Not only have they worked to ed­u­cate the in­dus­try at ev­ery level about favourable pol­icy changes, but they have also been the key­note speak­ers for the in­dus­try when­ever they faced big­ger clauses that needed faster res­o­lu­tions.

CMAI, as an As­so­ci­a­tion, soon af­ter its set-up, re­alised that the en­tire tex­tile value chain func­tions one with an­other, Re­tail­ers and Gar­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers alike. Ow­ing to this fact, to reach out to the far­thest pocket of the in­dus­try and to keep the con­nec­tion ac­tive all across the in­dus­try equally, the As­so­ci­a­tion, its Sub-Com­mit­tees and Man­ag­ing Com­mit­tee rep­re­sents and walks the ex­tra mile with the in­dus­try to ini­ti­ate a change and bet­ter­ment at ev­ery level.

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