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Industry stands by the wage hike in Tirupur…

With an agreement for 33% hike in wages, to be implemented in a phased manner over a period of four years in the ratio of 18, 5, 5 and 5 per cent respectively, the Tirupur Employers’ Association (garment/knitwear units in Tirupur) has entered into a new four-year wage accord with trade unions. It took months and several rounds of protracted negotiations to finalize the agreement which is applicable from April 1, 2016 to March 31, […]

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Election of Hopes: The 14 Demands of South India’s Textile Workers

It was exactly two years ago, in the month of April 2014, during the campaign for Lok Sabha elections, ex-CEO of Infosys and Congress candidate for Bangalore South constituency Nandan Nilekani was having lunch with the garment factory workers in a factory canteen; but his efforts to garner their votes did not seem to have much bearing on the end result. Neither did he win nor did it change the ground realities for the garment […]

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Failures of SEZs, a concern: Needs solutions, not political perspectives

The failure of the SEZs to generate both business and employment is again in the limelight. Recently, P. Vishnu Kumar Raju, BJP floor leader in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly demanded that the State Government must resume the excess 700 acres of land from Brandix India Apparel City Pvt. Ltd. (BIAC) since it has been able to provide direct employment to only 18,000 persons against the promised 60,000 persons in five years from commencement. On first thought, Raju’s statement rings […]

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Environment conducive for increase in sourcing from India

Increasingly, as the industry becomes unsure about the market conditions and is looking at another uncertain year of business, there is one man who thinks completely otherwise, firmly confident that the industry is at the threshold of major growth. In conversation with Apparel Online, Sudhir Dhingra, Chairman and Managing Director, Orient Craft Limited, shares his observations about the Indian industry that is noticeably moving, showing upwards growth due to industry-friendly Government policies and evolving market conditions. […]

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AEPC embroiled in controversy again…

Trouble for the AEPC plagued with charges of corruption and maladministration has been brewing for long since CAG submitted its inspection report. The latest controversy in a never-ending list is regarding the appointment of the current Chairman of AEPC, Ashok G. Rajani, due to selective relaxation granted to AEPC by Ministry of Commerce (MoC) to subvert its own guidelines, ironically issued to all Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) through FTP – 2015-2020 for ensuring transparency, democracy […]

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Industry-AEPC Tussle

The tussle between the exporters and the AEPC took on new proportions in 2015 with many disclosures, counter arguments, RTIs and court cases. While exporters remain firm on their claims of corruption and malpractices, council members are adamant that facts are being twisted to present a negative picture to defame the people who have worked hard over the years in the interest of the industry. The one good news that came in was the mandatory […]

December 27, 2015

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‘Commission’ or ‘Promotion’, Exporters paying more for IIGF!

The International Garment Fair Association (IGFA, a society of 13 members who are also the top officials of the AEPC) which bi-annually organises IIGF, an international garment fair in association with CMAI, GEA, AEMA and AHEA, has become a bone of contention between Puneet Kumar, the Secretary General (SG) of Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) and its Executive Committee (EC). There have been several exchanges of letters between the SG to the Ministry of Textiles […]

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Interest Equalisation Scheme on Pre- & PostShipment Rupee Export Credit announced

Interest Equalisation Scheme (earlier called Interest Subvention Scheme) on Pre- & Post-Shipment Rupee Export Credit has been announced and is to be effective from April 1, 2015 for five years. Under this scheme the rate of interest equalization would be 3 per cent. The scheme would be available to all exporters of MSME and 416 tariff lines but not for merchant exporters. The CCEA (Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs) chaired by PM Narendra Modi, has […]

December 4, 2015

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Indian cotton conference 2015: Are you experimenting, adding value, ask industry experts

Organized by the Indian Cotton Association Limited (ICAL) the “Indian Cotton Conference 2015” held in Gurgaon recently discussed various aspects focusing on Indian and global cotton scenario. Dr. Kavita Gupta, Textile Commissioner emphasized the importance of technical R&D needed to increase productivity as the average cotton productivity in India is just 528 kg/hectare whereas the same stands at 2196 kg/hectare in Australia and 963 kg/hectare in the US. The event also witnessed experts from apparel […]

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Centre grants 2% additional export benefit under MEIS

Finally, a positive step from the Government’s side to support exports has given reason for some cheer to the community. In a recent move, the Government of India has extended the 2 per cent export benefit under the ‘Merchandise Export from India Scheme’ (MEIS) allowing the export of fabrics and man-made fibre spun yarns to leading markets such as African countries, Middle-East countries, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. The duty benefit amendment as part of the […]

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Government of India extends export benefit for more countries

With the rising cotton and manmade fibre prices, tariff barriers, delay in disbursement of TUF subsidies, global economic slowdown, and conclusion of regional FTAs, the Indian textile and apparel export industry has been facing a lot of hurdles in competing with other apparel manufacturing countries. To swim out of troubles and level their competitors, the exporters have been demanding extension of additional incentives under Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS) along with 3 per cent […]

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Four posts of Directors for four new NIDs approved

Four posts of Directors for four new National Institutes of Design (NIDs) at Kurukshetra (Haryana), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Jorhat (Assam) and Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) has been approved by Union Cabinet chaired by the PM Narendra Modi. The Cabinet had already approved financial implications including salaries, for setting up of these new NIDs in its meeting held in February, 2014. The National Design Policy was approved by the Cabinet in February, 2007. One of the components […]

September 18, 2015

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GoI launches policy to promote e-marketing of handloom products

The Government has launched a policy framework to promote e-marketing of handloom products, in order to promote marketing of handlooms in general and to reach the younger customers in particular. Developed by the Office of Development Commissioner (Handlooms), the policy framework has key objectives of promoting the interests of both producers and consumers of handloom products. Now the Office of DC (Handlooms) would collaborate with approved e-commerce entities in promoting e-marketing of handloom products, in […]

August 24, 2015

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PETA slams Gap for selling fur

According to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), ‘Gap isn’t fur free as it claims to be’. The animal rights group have dispatched a letter to the retail giant for violating its own code of conduct and also deceiving customers by continuing to sell fur through its Intermix brand. PETA is demanding an end to GAP’s false advertising related to immediate removal of all fur-related products. “Gap Inc. has used its fur-free […]

August 1, 2015

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Pakistan Government forms committee to end troubles in textile exports

In a move to support the textile industry of Pakistan to compete with the international competitors, formation of a committee to constitute a Policy Action Plan (PAP) has been announced in a meeting headed by the Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan. The meeting was attended by representatives of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Ministry of Textile Industry and All Pakistan Textile Mills Association. The Minister […]

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