Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Indian Govt ignores weavers' views on RCEP, claims FOGWA

Indian Govt ignores weavers' views on RCEP, claims FOGWA

Sep '19
Pic: Shutterstock
Pic: Shutterstock
The Federation of Gujarat Textile Traders Association (FOGWA) recently wrote a letter to textiles minister Smriti Irani and commerce minister Piyush Goyal demanding representation of the views of power loom associations and FOGWA from Surat and other clusters in the proposed inclusion of textile sector in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Power loom weavers in Surat have blamed the commerce and textile ministries for ignoring their representation, according to a report in a top English-language daily.

The central government has proposed the inclusion of the textile industry in RCEP, allowing the free import of polyester fabrics from China and Southeast Asian countries.

FOGWA and the Federation of Indian Art Silk Weaving Industry (FIASWI) had approached the commerce ministry last month demanding imposition of import duty on Chinese fabric to protect small and medium enterprises in Surat.

FOGWA said the import of heavily under-invoiced fabric from China has crossed the ₹5,500 crore in the last one year. Imported fabrics are heavily under-invoiced and could be worth ₹10,000 crore.

FOGWA president Ashok Jirawala demanded industry stakeholders from Maharashtra and Gujarat should be heard first as they provide employment to lakhs of workers and inclusion under RCEP will directly affect weavers in the two states.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)

Interviews View All

Textile industry, Head honchos

Textile industry
Head honchos

GenNext is slowly but surely adapting to global trends and practices

Nishank Patel, Shri Dinesh Mills Limited

Nishank Patel
Shri Dinesh Mills Limited

Broad range of fabrics will sell well this financial year

Amardeep Singh, Orient Craft

Amardeep Singh
Orient Craft

'In export markets, the trend in terms of embroidery, is towards matte...

Fan Liyuan,

Fan Liyuan

Chinese company Jiangsu Yingyang Nonwoven Machinery, established in 1993,...

John Elmuccio,

John Elmuccio

Evolution St Louis is a company setting up a high-tech knitting facility...

Zafer Demirel,

Zafer Demirel

Turkey's Canlar Mechatronics is a leading designer and manufacturer of...

Paolo Ocleppo, Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Dave Rousse, INDA

Dave Rousse

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of ...

Robert Brookins, Alexium International

Robert Brookins
Alexium International

Alexium International is a specialty chemical development company...

Joe Ikareth, Joe Ikareth

Joe Ikareth
Joe Ikareth

<b>Joe Ikareth</b> has a rock-solid fashion and textiles background, which ...

Pranav Mishra, Huemn

Pranav Mishra

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Varsha Wadhwa, VW

Varsha Wadhwa

Coming from a family that ran a business of jute and linen mills since...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

October 2019

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category

Related Categories:

Follow us on instagram


Follow Fibre2Fashion On

Advanced Search