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India’s textile hub Tirupur to become ‘smart city’

Good news came in for India’s textile hub Tirupur (Tamil Nadu) when it found itself on the list of 30 new cities that are being added to the Centre’s ‘Smart Cities Mission’, as announced by M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation. Besides Tirupur, Tirunelveli, Thootukkudi and Tiruchirapalli from Tamil Nadu have also been placed in the list. Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) of India has expressed happiness over […]

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Textile traders in Gujarat (India) threaten strike against GST

Angry over the Indian Government’s decision to levy Goods and Service Tax (GST) on fabrics, textile traders in Gujarat have threatened to go on strike either from June 24 or July 1, if their demands are not met. Around half a dozen trade bodies that took part in a meeting held on Thursday in Ahmedabad, are of the view to keep fabric out of GST regime and have decided not to get registered on the […]

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Indian Textiles Ministry reviews industry’s preparation for GST

India’s Textiles Minister Smriti Irani chaired a high-level workshop in New Delhi to review the industry’s readiness for GST, set to be rolled out from July 1. Around 160 officials from Government, public sector units and more than 10 export promotion councils falling under the Textiles Ministry’s purview attended GST training workshop organized by the Ministry of Textiles, to sensitise officials, EPCs & PSUs on benefits of the new tax system for textiles industry. “The […]

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Jute can be used for road construction: IRC

Indian Roads Congress (IRC) – the apex body of highway engineers in the country, has recognized certain patterns of jute as geo-textile which makes it apt for constructing roads. The recognition by IRC is expected to have a positive impact on the future of the jute industry in India as the Congress is also gearing up to throw light on jute significance at the upcoming Textiles India 2017 in Gujarat. According to Subrata Gupta, Joint […]

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GST won’t affect textile industry: ICRA

Textile industry is likely to remain unaffected post GST implementation compared to the current tax regime. This has been stated in a report by ICRA, which believes that the impact of GST will be neutral to positive across segments. ICRA feels that GST rates announced for textile categories like MMF, blended textiles are more or less in line with the existing tax rates. Wool or silk-based textiles, which will be taxed at a lower rate […]

June 21, 2017

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GST revision after 3 months, blow to industry: SIMA

M. Senthilkumar, Chairman, Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to consider including garment and made-ups segments related job work under 5 per cent slab and also reduce the GST rate on manmade fibre and its blended yarn from 18 per cent to 12 per cent at the next GST Council meeting scheduled on June 30. Garment/made-ups sector, the largest employment provider in the entire textile […]

June 20, 2017

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Indian denim mills exploring Vietnam market

Indian denim manufacturers like Anubha Industries, Surat; Ginni International, New Delhi; KG Denim, Coimbatore; Malwa Industries, Ludhiana; and Ultra Denim, Surat participated in Denimsandjeans.com held earlier this month. For most of them, it was the second consecutive year of participation at this event. As the mills are facing ‘over capacity’ issue, emerging market like Vietnam is a good option for them. Lead time is the major issue for Indian companies as Vietnam is very near […]

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18% GST on MMF, yarn to dent fabric manufacturing: CITI

J. Thulasidharan, Chairman Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) has requested Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to address the issue of 18 per cent GST slab on MMF and synthetic yarn on urgent basis as this would affect the MMF textile segment prospects in the country in a big way. He explained that this will come as big blow to small fabric manufacturers in powerloom, knit and processing segments and prevent seamless flow of input […]

June 20, 2017

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Apparel traders protest against GST in Uttarakhand (India)

Hundreds of cloth merchants in Indian state of Uttarakhand held protest against the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is scheduled to be rolled out from July 1. Protesting traders held demonstration in the capital city of Dehradun on Saturday. The 5 per cent GST imposed on clothes has made traders apprehensive as it would severely hit handloom and powerloom (industry), artisans and shopkeepers. “Food, clothing and shelter are basic necessities of life and ideally, […]

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FIEO demands uniform GST for textile & leather industry

In view of contributions made by textiles and leather industry in development of states, Federation of Indian Exports Organization (FIEO) has sought ‘uniform’ GST for these sectors. “Export sector contributes immensely for the development of states, especially by creating huge employment opportunities. Hence, there is a need to take care of the apprehension of exporters,” said A Sakthivel, Regional Chairman, FIEO (Southern Region), who added that textile and leather sectors have been pivotal in providing […]

June 20, 2017

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‘Kerala (India) yet to reap benefits of central schemes’

India’s Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta has urged Kerala handloom and textile industry to avail benefits of central schemes. As many as five MoUs have been signed with handloom industries of states including Kerala for enhanced production and marketing facilities, informed the Minister. The Government is trying to enhance production with powerlooms and for that 50 per cent subsidy is offered for general category applicants, 90 per cent for ST and 75 per […]

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SIMA hopes for reduction in GST rate on MMF

Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) is hoping that GST Council, at its meeting to be held on June 18, would consider to reduce the tax rate on manmade fibres (MMF), filaments and yarns from 18 per cent to 12 per cent and also include garments, made-ups and other sewn product related to job work under 5 per cent GST rate of service tax. “There will be huge accumulation of excess credit with 18 per cent […]

June 19, 2017

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Technical textiles have great scope in Goa: Indian Textiles Minister

Indian Ministry of Textiles (MoT) has initiated exploring the possibility of attracting investments in Goa to set up technical textile production. To discuss all the possibilities, the Chief Minister of the state, Manohar Parrikar and his cabinet have been invited by the MoT to the international conference and exhibition ‘Textiles India’ from June 30 to July 2 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Union Textile Minister, Smriti Irani, commented, “Under the Textiles Ministry, I have been engaging with the […]

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Textile artisans observe strike over pay anomalies

Upset over pay anomalies textile artisans and labourers associated with various labour organisations  including Members of the Textile Mazdoor Ekta Union, All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) includiare on three-day strike starting June 15. The protest was organized at Beri Gate Park at Amritsar in Indian state of Punjab. The labourers have sought an increase of 25 per cent in their wages. These labourers get a minimal wage from […]

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Textile traders go on strike against GST

A day-long shutdown was observed in Indian cities of Vijaywada and Surat against the Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied by the Central Government on textile business.  Wholesale and retail traders in Vijaywada downed their shutters on Thursday and observed bandh, while traders in Surat observed shut-down to press for their demand for exemption from the GST. Andhra Pradesh Textile Federation (APTF) called for the bandh on June 15 seeking immediate withdrawal of GST on […]

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