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
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.