WBGMDA: 46th Gar­ment Buy­ers and Sell­ers Meet

A re­port on the 3-day gar­ment’s buy­ers and sell­ers meet or­ga­nized by the West Ben­gal Gar­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

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A re­port on the 3-day gar­ment’s buy­ers and sell­ers meet or­ga­nized by the West Ben­gal Gar­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion in July from 27th to 29th, 2018

Athree-day long mega gar­ment buy­ers and sell­ers meet was or­gan­ised by the West Ben­gal Gar­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, in July from 27th to

29th, 2018 at the Ho­tel Peer­less Inn (Kolkata) pri­mar­ily to help gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers to in­ter­act with the all-In­dia buy­ers and mar­ket their prod­ucts be­fore the fes­tive sea­son.

Si­taram Sharma, President, Bharat Cham­ber of Commerce in­au­gu­rated the gar­ment buy­ers and sell­ers meet. Stal­warts in the ready­made gar­ment in­dus­try and noted in­dus­tri­al­ists and so­cial work­ers graced the oc­ca­sion. A meet guide was also re­leased by the as­so­ci­a­tion at the event.

In the wel­come ad­dress, Hari Kis­han Rathi, President of the As­so­ci­a­tion, stated that the burn­ing prob­lem of the ready­made gar­ment in­dus­try is the in­tro­duc­tion of e-way bill for in­tra-state move­ment of yarn, fab­rics and gar­ment ma­te­ri­als above `1 lakh for job work and ser­vices. The re­stric­tion of value is a mat­ter of con­cern. It should be ir­re­spec­tive of value and un­re­stricted move­ment of such ma­te­rial within the state.

Rathi fur­ther said that most of the job work­ers though skilled, are un­e­d­u­cated and it is im­pos­si­ble for them to gen­er­ate com­put­erised E-Way Bill. He urged the Bharat Cham­ber of Commerce to take up the mat­ter with right earnest from Cham­ber level with the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned and see that in­tra-state move­ment of gar­ment and hosiery ma­te­rial for job work and ser­vices is not ham­pered be­cause of value re­stric­tion.

Rathi stated that in the ex­port front, while In­dia is strug­gling with the prob­lems of de­cline in ex­ports of ready­made gar­ments and tex­tile items, coun­tries like Bangladesh and Viet­nam are show­ing growth. Ex­port of ap­parel from Eastern In­dia is lim­ited to only a mea­gre amount around

`1,300 crores, against all In­dia RMG Ex­port of `116,381.24 crores which is USD17.337 bil­lion in dol­lar terms in 2016-17, whereas a small coun­try of slightly larger than West Ben­gal in size, Bangladesh, was aim­ing at dou­bling gar­ment ex­ports to USD18 bil­lion in next three years. “We must in­tro­spect as to why we are lag­ging be­hind? We in the in­dus­try, in the Tex­tile Min­istry, AEPC must find out the causes and so­lu­tions at the ear­li­est. We can pro­cras­ti­nate much to the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of our own prospects in this field,”

Rathi com­mented.

Inau­gu­rat­ing the 46th Meet, Si­taram Sharma, President, Bharat Cham­ber of Commerce, stated that the tex­tile has played an im­por­tant role in the so­cial, cul­tural, and eco­nomic life of the peo­ple glob­ally and it is a mat­ter of pride that In­dia has an over­whelm­ing pres­ence in tex­tiles from fi­bre to ready­made gar­ments. “The sec­tor’s im­por­tance in the econ­omy is ev­i­dent from its con­tri­bu­tions to GDP, in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion, ex­port earn­ings and em­ploy­ment. The con­tri­bu­tions of en­trepreneurs in our State, in the tex­tile sec­tor, the MSMEs, in par­tic­u­lar, are also very sig­nif­i­cant,” he stated.

Sharma ex­pressed that the busi­ness com­mu­nity was now fac­ing an­other set of chal­lenges of the new eco­nomic out­look of our coun­try. They faced de­mon­e­ti­za­tion and the hur­ried im­ple­men­ta­tion of GST. “Be­side in­fla­tion and ris­ing wages are the main fac­tors for our sur­vival in real terms in the near fu­ture. It is how­ever, a mat­ter of pride for us that while the global eco­nomic growth, is now pro­jected at 3 to 3.5 per cent, In­dia’s GDP growth for 2018-19 is pro­jected at 7 to 7.5 per­cent.” Cau­tion­ing against be­ing com­pla­cent, Sharma stated that the in­dus­try and trade have to pre­pare them­selves to meet the chal­lenges of new tech­nolo­gies. The en­tire tex­tile in­dus­try from man­u­fac­tur­ing to re­tail, now re­quires con­stant in­fu­sion of var­i­ous tech­nolo­gies that are emerg­ing with the ad­vance­ment in ma­te­ri­als sci­ence re­lated to fi­bre. In­no­va­tions in de­sign have fa­cil­i­tated the emer­gence of smart wear, and de­vel­op­ments in 3D gar­ment de­sign tech­nol­ogy and 3D print­ing have no­tice­ably re­duced the av­er­age time it takes from de­sign to man­u­fac­tur­ing. Fur­ther, AI has al­lowed the in­dus­try to re­act to con­sumer needs in real time. He em­pha­sised that we need to ac­quaint our­selves with the grow­ing trend of in­dus­try 4.0, un­der the guid­ance of NIFT and AEPC. Sharma in­formed that the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated an out­lay of `7,148 crore for the tex­tile sec­tor in 2018-19 as against `6,000 crore in 2017-18. Ad­di­tional sup­port in terms of labour re­forms, like PF con­tri­bu­tion ex­emp­tions, etc have also been ex­tended par­tic­u­larly for the de­vel­op­ment of the sec­tor. Be­side, the pro-ac­tive role of the State Gov­ern­ment in terms of ex­tend­ing struc­tured in­cen­tives through the tex­tile pol­icy is very at­trac­tive for the en­trepreneurs. There is, there­fore, an ur­gent need to cre­ate fur­ther aware­ness about the ben­e­fits of the poli­cies. Sharma stated that one of the sources of our strength in the tex­tile sec­tor is our hu­man skill.

We have to nur­ture these skills through Skill De­vel­op­ment Pro­grammes, be­cause the next gen­er­a­tion of skilled peo­ple may not be in­ter­ested to take up their an­ces­tral skills. Large gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers who have the ad­van­tage of higher pro­duc­tiv­ity be­cause of ad­vanced and au­to­matic tech­nol­ogy have to pay at­ten­tion to this be­cause hand-made work­man­ship has an­other di­men­sion of value ad­di­tion. The clus­ter-based pro­duc­tion would help to meet the chal­lenges in this di­rec­tion. Sharma com­mented that the re­cent trend of grow­ing di­ver­sity and ex­per­tise in the fash­ion and tex­tile field has nat­u­rally led to greater in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tion. Be­cause con­sumers’ life­styles have changed over time re­gard to fash­ion and beauty, R&D on value-added func­tional tex­tile is very cru­cial. New types of fi­bres called smart fi­bre are be­ing more and more used by the gar­ment in­dus­try in the ad­vanced coun­tries. The indige­nous man­u­fac­tur­ers need to pay at­ten­tion in this re­gard also.

Sharma fur­ther stated that West

Ben­gal has been a pioneer in im­part­ing for­mal ed­u­ca­tion in the tex­tile sec­tor and has one of the old­est col­leges for tex­tile tech­nol­ogy at Ser­am­pore. “We need to col­lab­o­rate and de­velop skill de­vel­op­ment cen­tres to help our grad­u­ates to be­come more em­ploy­able. WBGMDA may there­fore con­sider to open a cell for en­trepreneur­ship pro­gramme in part­ner­ship with NIFT.” Sharma also said that In to­day’s world track­ing of the value chain has be­come a nor­mal feature and to at­tract the for­eign buy­ers, and big re­tail houses, there is a need for a de­vel­op­ment of high-func­tional and eco-friendly tex­tile ma­te­ri­als. The as­so­ci­a­tion has a pool of ex­perts. A help desk may be con­sti­tuted to guide and mo­ti­vate the mem­bers, Sharma sug­gested.

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