Interview with Dr. Rajiv Aggarwal

Dr. Rajiv Aggarwal
Dr. Rajiv Aggarwal
Member Secretary
Textiles Committee
Textiles Committee

Dr. Rajiv Aggarwal, after completing M.B.B.S. in 1988, joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1989. On his joining Indian Revenue Service, he was allotted Income Tax Department and posted in Surat, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. During his assignments with Income Tax Department, Dr, Aggarwal was involved in investigations of major industrial houses/large companies leading to unearthing of hundreds of crores of unaccounted income.

Textiles Committee plays a vital role in the development of Indian textile industry. Could you please elaborate on the charter and its core activities?

The main charter of the Textiles Committee is to ensure the quality of textiles both for internal consumption and exports. Its core activities include -establishing standard specifications for textiles, textile machinery and the packing materials, establishing laboratories for the testing of textiles and textile machinery, providing training in the techniques of quality control, providing for the inspection and examination of textiles and textile machinery, promoting export of textiles, collecting, analyzing and publishing statistics relevant to the textile industry, etc.

To what extent has Textile Committee contributed towards improving Quality Standards of Indian textile to meet overseas competition?

Way back in the sixties, the Textiles Committee established minimum standards for cotton textile fabrics, cotton yarn, which were made compulsorily applied on the export. Later, the minimum standards were established for manmade-fibre fabrics, woollen fabrics, blended fabrics, made-up items etc. The compulsory application of these minimum standards for the exports definitely brought the quality conscientiousness to the manufacturers. With the passage of time, due to these compulsory inspections the quality of the textile items improved. Later, the manufacturers themselves started realizing the importance of quality. To help them in their efforts, the Committee made available various value based services like proving testing facilities, technical consultancy for creating captive test centres in the place of manufacture, training the industry personnel to assess the quality of their products, technical consultancy for rectification of flaws, consultancy for implementation of quality systems, environment standards, social accountability standards, etc, publication of technical papers for improvement of quality, etc.

Post textile quotas phase has raised expectations of Indian and other textile industries abroad, as well. It has also generated fierce competition within the textile world. What do you read of this overall global situation?

From a quota restricted textile trade to the open market trade, the world expects a boom for the textile and clothing industry of India, the major competitor being China. This is the time for strict discipline all down the supply chain, particular attention being thrust on quality and time schedule.
Published on: 01/02/2006

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