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CITI hails govt boost to garment sector
23
Jun '16
The Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) has welcomed the government's latest initiative for job creation in the garment industry announced on Wednesday and said it expects more steps to strengthen the textile value chain.

The special package for textile and apparel sector approved by the Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a strategic decision that would strengthen and empower the Indian textile and apparel sector by improving its cost competitiveness in the global market.

“We hope this is the first step towards creating employment and more initiatives are expected to follow to strengthen and support the textile value chain and the Make in India initiative,” CITI said in a press release.

It said that while China and India have robust textile value chain, which has been the core strength and source of confidence for international buying houses, Bangladesh is also heavily investing to strengthen the textile value chain to provide comfort to the buying houses and maintain their growth for garment exports.

It pointed out that on the back of TPP discussions, Vietnam is investing in substantial capacities for yarn and fabric manufacturing to bolster their value chain to support and enhance their garment exports.

“The above package should integrate the apparel export benefit to further strengthen the textile value chain. While we appreciate that government is considering compensation for the State taxes suffered by the garment exporters, it is important to appreciate the highest embedded State taxes are at the fabric stage due to complex and involved manufacturing process. Garment exporters have been given special dispensation for duty-free import of fabric and still allowing drawback benefit on the residual value after deducting the import of fabric,” the release said.

CITI recommended that in the interest of maintaining and strengthening the textile value chain, and Make-in-India initiative, the garment exporters be encouraged to source cotton fabric and other fabrics that are manufactured in India. The textile manufacturers would be able to avail the benefits under deemed export scheme, which would make them eligible for benefits of duty-drawback scheme.

“It would indeed be a win-win situation for apparel and textile manufacturers, working together, contributing to employment and retaining value addition within the country. It is also suggested that some of the benefits such as over-time, fixed time employment scheme be extended to the full textile value chain. If the scheme can be modified to strengthen the value chain, to eliminate taxes and support productivity improvement, the ultimate outcome would be far superior than expected,” CITI said. (SH)

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