Mafatlal Industries Limited has unveiled the Summer 2016 Collection of Suiting, yarn dyed Shirting, linen range, large collection of white fabrics, home furnishings, School & Corporate uniform fabrics and garments, during the recently held dealer booking Conferences held at Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Mumbai, and Delhi.


The new range on display were value added bottom wear made of premium GIZA cotton, Polyester / Viscose / Wool with ultra-soft  finish, Polyester / Viscose in checks & dobby structured weaves, Menzzo Mafatlal suiting has a colour range that extends to more than 400 different shades.


The ‘EL Romano’ brand of shirting consists of "AMZLER" (slub) in yarn dyed and plain shades. ‘BIANCO’ white self-design 100% premium cotton shirting, structured satin 100% premium cotton, new age prints in 100% premium cotton for shirting & dress material and 100% Linen shirting in 80s, 90s, & 100s counts in plain white.


Mafatlal is the first company to introduce eco-friendly fiber dyed suiting in the school uniform range in over 60 shades.


Mafatlal Industries Ltd is committed to offering students, schools, colleges and Corporates/Institutions, excellent quality fabrics and readymade uniforms at an affordable price.

Mafatlal Industries Limited is a pioneer for quality textiles in India since 1905. The Company’s product portfolio consists of yarn dyed Shirtings, Suitings, Voiles, Prints, Linens, Bleached White Fabrics, Rubia, value added and fashion Denims, School Uniform fabrics, Corporate/ Institutional Uniforms, Bed & Bath Linen and Ready-mades. The sales volume of Mafatlal Industries Ltd. is over 85 million meters per annum.


The company has vertically integrated composite state-of-the-art facilities, with the latest technology, machinery and infrastructure. This interwoven with tradition, innovation and creative design, enable us to deliver world class fabrics.  


With an extensive dealer network, the products are available throughout India and also supplied to the most discerning customers and brands in the domestic and overseas market.


About Mafatlal Industres Limited


Mafatlal Industries Limited is a pioneer for quality textiles in India since 1905. The Company’s product portfolio consists of yarn dyed Shirtings, Suitings, Voiles, Prints,Linens,Bleached White Fabrics, Rubia, value added and fashion Denims, School Uniform fabrics, Corporate/ Institutional Uniforms, Bed & Bath Linen and Readymades. The Company has two vertically integrated composite manufacturing facilities at Nadiad and Navsari in Gujarat.

The sales volume of Mafatlal Industries Ltd. is over 85 million meters per annum.




The draft of New Textile Policy is ready & it will be announced shortly, said Dr Kavita Gupta,Textile Commissioner while inaugurating the 62nd National garment Fair organized by The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI). Today at Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex,  Goregaon East, Mumbai.

Referring to the textile park she said that already 72 textile parks are approved but only 25-30 parks are operating on a full scale while remaining parks are lying idle. So Government wants to make these parks operative.

Dr Kavita Gupta also said that readymade garment industry is highest employment – oriented industry after agriculture. Garment is the first industry which is giving maximum employment. So government is fully supporting garment industry due to its value – addition. Government is giving 15% capital subsidy for the garment industry while giving only 10 % capital subsidy to the other sectors of the textile industry.

She said that with 13% share, technical textile is coming up as a sunrise sector. Technical Textile industry is projected to grow at 20% Year-On-Year.

This B2B National Garment Fair has 283 stalls displaying over 330 brands. Approximately 15000 retailers & Trade Visitors from all over India are expected to visit this fair. The exhibitors at the fair exhibited wide range of men’s wear, women’s wear, kid’s wear, ethnic wear, intimate wear, sports wear etc showcasing their Spring-Summer 2016 collection.

Mr Rahul Mehta, President of the CMAI (also President of the Indian Apparel Federation) stated that ready made garments should be included in the merit list of GST. We welcome the GST.

While commenting on the prediction for 2016 for the apparel industry Mr Rahul Mehta stated that somewhat uneventful year with no massive growth or any dramatic fall in the market. I see a reasonable 10 – 12% growth in the overall market, with women’s wear & kid’s wear growing at a faster rate. Organized Retail will continue to grow & MBOs will continue to be under pressure.


For further information, please contact Mr. Mohan Sadhwani, Executive Director, (Mobile No. +91 9870781295), Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , web:




The Society of Dyers and Colourists, India (SDC EC) organised a half day seminar on “Water: No more a cheap resource!” at Hotel Satkar Grande, Thane on Thursday, 24th December 2015.


The Chief Guest for the event was Mr Pradeep Dodhia, Dodhia Synthetics Ltd.

This event was attended by more than 70 delegates, faculties, and heads of the organisations, industry professionals and students.



The event began with lighting of lamp by Dr Ela Dedhia, Mr Sachin Pulsay, Mrs Suman Mudhkur, Mr Sumit Gupta, Mr Hardik Shah, Mr Vijay sane and Mr Anjani Prasad. This was followed by Welcome Address, delivered by Mr Sachin Pulsay, Hon Chairman, Mumbai Chapter, SDC EC.

The Key Note Address was delivered by Mr Hardik Shah, Director, Chacha Lifystyle Pvt Ltd. Shah started his address with making a comparison of population of India with availability of clean water vis-à-vis global scenario.


This was followed by a presentation by Dr Ela Dedhia, Chairperson, SDC EC, India. She spoke about events organised by SDC EC in year 2014-15 and later touched upon SDC UK activities. She also called upon the industry for greater support to SDC activities in India.


Mr Yogesh Gaikwad, Director, SDC International, presented about Society of Dyers and Colourists, UK and its global activities in detail. He also spoke about membership benefits and international competitions.

Inaugural session was followed by Technical Session, which comprised of three presentations and a panel discussion.


 The First presentation was on ‘Dyeing of Polyester’ given by Mr Ramesh Agarwal, Vice President Sales, Textile Specialities Business, Archroma India Pvt Ltd. He spoke about polyester dyeing in a sustainable way, where in energy and water can be saved. He also explained the benefits of Foron RD dyes in detail.


The presentation can be downloaded from the link


The second presentation was by Mr Pradeep Rane, GM - Sales & Marketing, CHT India Pvt Limited. The title of his presentation was “4Success ...benefits not only the environment”. He spoke about innovative and sustainable processes for discontinuous processing of cellulosic fibres, which are suitable for all types of discontinuous machines. The processes lead to savings of water, time & energy.


The presentation can be downloaded from the link. 

This was followed by a Panel discussion. The theme of the panel was, Solutions to the Current Water Crises”. This panel was moderated by Mr Anjani Prasad, Managing Director, Archroma India Pvt. Ltd. The panellists were Mr Amit Patjoshi, KPMG Advisory Services Private Limited; Mr Ashish Chitre, Dystar India Pvt Ltd; Mr NS Karwa, MIDC Tarapur, Mr Prakash Chavan, MIDC Thane-2 and Mr Vinod Khetrapal, Bombay Crimpers Pvt. Ltd.


The panel discussion was opened by Prasad with global insights on water condition and he also gave the sizes of various industries dependent upon water, hence emphasising the importance and ‘cost’ of water. Karwa opined that closing down industry is not the solution. He stressed upon the need for affordable technologies to run the industry with a lower water footprint. Patjoshi spoke about standardisation across supply chain. With the example of GOTS certification, he explained the need to standardise water consumption at every step of the processing chain. He also commented that we shouldn’t be looking at water as a cheap or expensive, but as a ‘limited’ resource.




Khetarpal spoke on various practical issues including worker awareness for water conservation and need for affordable input chemicals. Chitre agreed with the need to bring down cost of inputs and stressed on need for innovation in the field.


While summing up, Prasad also mentioned waterless, electrostatic dyeing and 3D modelling as futuristic alternates to water based processing systems.


Mr Sumit Gupta, Hon. Secretary, Mumbai Chapter, SDC EC extended the formal vote of thanks on behalf of the organisers.




The event was supported by Thermax Ltd, Vishal Trading Company, Satish Trading Company (India), Sharp Biotech Specialty India Pvt Ltd and SMEW Textile Machinery Pvt Ltd.


The seminar was followed by cocktails and dinner.

This half day seminar was organised by Mumbai Chapter of Society of Dyers and Colourists Education Charity (SDC EC), India.


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Thursday, 18 February 2016, MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai

A seminar on Textiles and Apparel Industry is being organized on 18th February 2016. The key focus and highlight of the seminar is to identify the niche opportunities in the emerging sector, such as Technical Textiles, Investment Opportunities in Textile Hubs, Clusters and Integrated Textiles Park; and to discuss the success stories of private sector in India.

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Textiles, and Ms Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, will be addressing the seminar as the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honor, respectively.

Considering the strategic importance of this national event in showcasing India’s potential, we request you to kindly participate at the seminar and also support it through sponsorship. For your kind perusal and views, I’m attaching the Sponsorship Proposal for your kind consideration. The Latest Programme (as on date) is also enclosed for your ready reference please.

Today, I’m writing to invite you to kindly attend the seminar. As part of the protocol, we request you to please register yourself and your colleagues accompanying you on the following link or advice your office accordingly latest by 27th January 2015:                                                                  


We have been given to understand by DIPP that entry is only through registration on the website using your photo ID and other personal details.





The 62nd National Garment Fair, Organized by The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) will be held on 27th& 28th January 2016 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Goregaon (E), Mumbai. Textile Commissioner Dr. Kavita Gupta, IAS will Inaugurate the Fair.

This B2B Fair will have 283 stalls displaying over 330 brands. Approximately 15,000 Retailers & Trade Visitors from all over India are expected to visit this 2 Day Fair. Retailers & Trade Visitors can also Register Online on

The Exhibitors at the Fair will exhibita wide range of Men’s wear, Women’s wear, Kids’wear, Ethnic wear, Intimate wear, Sports wear etc.showcasing their Spring –Summer 2016 Collection.

CMAI’s Apparel Training Centers


CMAI, with a Mission to provide 35,000 Trained Workmen to the Apparel Industry, has already set up 61 Apparel Training Centers and plans to open 10 to 15 more Apparel Training Centers  during the year.

CMAI has also decided to enter the North Eastern Region of the Country and encourage the Setting up of New Apparel Manufacturing Units in the North Eastern Region.  A CMAI Team recently visited Imphal, Manipur and has decided to take up the Apparel Training Centre being set up  inImphalby the Ministry of Textiles in Collaboration with the Government of Manipur.

32NDIAF World Fashion Convention in Mumbai

The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) in Association with The International Apparel Federation (IAF) will jointly be OrganisingThe 32nd IAF World Fashion Convention on September 27th& 28th, 2016 in Mumbai . The Theme of the Convention is “An Insight into New Opportunities”. Delegates from over 40 IAF Member Countries are expected to Participate in this Convention.


The Indian Apparel Industry is eagerly awaiting the Implementation of the ProposedGoods & Service Tax (GST). CMAI has submitted an Industry’s Representation on the Proposed Goods & Service Tax (GST) to the Ministry of Finance & Textiles requesting that Readymade Garments should be included in the “Merit List” as the Textile Industry is the Single Largest Employer after Agriculture in the Country.


 Size of the Apparel Industry



The Total Size of Indian Apparel Industry is estimated to be around Rs. 3,50,000 Crores, out of which Rs. 2,50,000 Crores is the size ofthe Domestic Apparel Industry. Exports of Readymade Garments is expected to reach U S $ 17.00 Billion (approx. Rs. 1,12,000 Crores) in the F Y 2015 - 16.


Mr. Rahul Mehta, President , CMAI, stated  that presently the Domestic Apparel Industry is facing slackness but is confident that after the Implementation of GST, the Market sentiments is likely to improve . On the Export front, uncertainty still prevails in Europe, which is a Major Market. However, ifthe Chinese Yuan continues to depreciate, it could hurt the Indian Apparel Exporters as both the Countries – India & China have access to Common Markets – US & Europe.


For further information, please contact Mr. Mohan Sadhwani, Executive Director, (Mobile No. +91 9870781295), Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , web:

This is to invite your company to participate as an exhibitor at HOMETEX IRAN - International Home Textile and Housewares Expo which will be held from 17-19 August 2016 in the city of Tehran in IRAN.

There is huge potential in Iran's Home-Textiles and House Wares imports as Iran is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank and the 18h largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity (ppp).  The country is home to 79 Million people with 73% living in Urban colonies. Iran is now becoming the West Asian leading centre for home textile and home decoration businesses due to high demand caused by a fast rise in the construction industry of Iran and a huge expand in the urbanization of the country. The change in foreign policy has also made Iran the market of choice for exports.

We are the official representative for the exhibition and are coordinating with all companies for their participation. In order to receive a brochure and contract form to book your stand, please reply to this mail and we will be happy to assist you in signing up.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon

Thank and Best Regards

Kabir Ahmed Khan

Sr Manager - Business Development



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January 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi 


Presided By Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar,


Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge), Govt. of India


TECHNOTEX is India’s premier show on technical textiles. This spectacular flagship event comprises of an international exhibition, conference, and seminars. A common platform for interaction amongst stakeholders from across the global technical textile value chain, TECHNOTEX exemplifies the immense potential for trade and investment between India and foreign countries in technical textile sector.


After a very successful Technotex 2015, we are pleased to inform you that the 5th edition of International Exhibition and conference on Technical Textiles i.e. Technotex 2016 is being organized by Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) from April 21-23, 2016 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai, India.


A Curtain Raiser of Technotex 2016 has been scheduled on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:00 am at Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi. The function will be presided over by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge), Govt. of India in the presence of Ms. Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. Hon’ble Minister would be releasing the Event Brochure, Baseline survey on Technical Textiles and Five new BIS Standards at the Curtain Raiser.


We seek your kind presence at the above event and invite you to join us for Lunch thereafter. A response form has been enclosed for confirming your participation at the Curtain raiser of Technotex 2016.



Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge),


Smt Anu Garg, Joint Secretary (Cotton),


Dr Kavita Gupta, Textile Commissioner,


Presidents / Chairmen / office-bearers of various textile Associations,


Past Chairmen and Committee Members of SIMA


Ladies & Gentlemen,


Good afternoon to one and all,


I have great pleasure in welcoming the Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles to our Association.  This Association is of 83 years old standing, which was started by independent India’s first Finance Minister, Sir R K Shanmugam Chetty. Doyens of the textile industry such as Late R Venkataswamy Naidu, G K Devarajulu, G K Sundaram and others led this Association.  


We are extremely thankful to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles and the Textile Ministry to make the Indian textiles and clothing industry globally competitive by the following measures:-

·        Announcing Amended TUF Scheme (ATUFS) with a record allocation of Rs.17,822 crores

·        Extending export incentives for textile products under IES and MEIS schemes

·        Enhancing duty drawback rates for various textile products particularly garments and

·        Taking efforts for promoting coastal movement of cotton from Gujarat to Tamil Nadu in a cost effective manner  


While highly appreciating the Ministry of Textiles for its unstinted and tireless efforts to safeguard the mother industry, we humbly appeal to the Hon’ble Minister to kindly address the following issues, create a level playing field in globalized environment and to enable the industry to achieve the vision of USD 300 Bn textile business size by 2023 from the current level of USD 110 Bn as set by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.


1.    Continue Optional CENVAT route


As the industry has seriously suffered, optional Cenvat was introduced in 2004 to curb evasion.  Certain items and volume of business are exempt with the existing central excise duty, which would give room for evasion and unhealthy competition.  Sir, we understand that there is strong move from certain organizations to levy a mandatory excise duty on cotton yarn and cotton textile goods.  This would add fuel to the spinning sector which is already under severe financial stress owing to long drawn recession in yarn exports since 2014.  Several hundreds of units are like to become NPAs by March 2016.  Sir, in any case, our Hon’ble PM is planning to implement GST before the end of this year and therefore, there is no need to create a panic situation at the last moment by making any attempt in the system which is prevalent for more than 11 years. Therefore, we humbly request the Hon’ble Minister to ensure the continuation of optional Cenvat route till GST is implemented

2.   Fix lowest slab of GST for textile industry

Considering the vulnerability and nature of the textile industry (predominantly cotton based and SMEs), lowest tax rate may be levied for the  textile products since there is a proposal to remove the “Declared Goods of Special Importance” status prevailing under Central Enactment.

3.   Extend export incentives for cotton yarn export

In order to utilize the surplus capacity of spinning created in the country during the last two years, it is essential to increase the yarn exports per month from the current level of around 100 mn kgs to 150 mn kgs.  Therefore, we humbly appeal to the Hon’ble Minister to extend all the export benefits to cotton yarn also under MEIS and IES at par with other textile products.  There is an urgent need for boosting cotton yarn exports at least by extending 3% interest subvention under IES scheme immediately to prevent the mills becoming NPAs and curb job losses of several lakhs of people.

4.   Raw material


(a) Manmade fibres


In order to make the manmade textile goods internationally competitive and grab the emerging global opportunities, it is essential to reduce the central excise duty from 12.5% to 6%, remove the 5% import duty and 4% Special Additional Duty (SAD) levied on import of MMF (Indian MMF is expensive by over 23%) and also remove the anti-dumping duty levied on certain fibres and filaments. At the same time, a mandatory duty of 2% could be levied across the MMF textile value chain right from yarn to finished goods which would fetch more revenue to the Government beyond the compensatory value for the proposed reduction. 


(b) Cotton


Implement Direct Payment Deficiency System (DPDS) in lieu of MSP operations being exercised by CCI and other federations and compensate the farmers directly whenever the cotton market price rules below MSP.  We understand that the Cabinet has not cleared the trial implementation of DPDS in Maharashtra.  It is essential to persuade the PMO to implement Direct Benefit Transfer System through DPDS scheme to benefit the stakeholders in the cotton textiles value chain.  


5.   Reduce Hank Yarn Obligation

The cotton yarn production in the country was 1183 million kgs in 1985 when the country had 38.5 lakh looms; the spinning sector produced 2200 million kgs of yarn during 2003 when the obligation was reduced from 50% to 40% and the country had around 32 lakh handlooms. As per 2009-10 survey, the handlooms capacity was found reduced to 21.5 lakh looms and currently it might be much lower.  During 2014-15, the spinning sector produced 4050 million kgs of cotton hank yarn.  The estimated hank yarn requirement of cotton hank yarn as per the census is less than 8%. Therefore, reduce obligation to 20% in first phase and scrap the scheme at a later stage based on study of actual utilization of hank yarn in handloom industry.


6.   Revamp Handloom Reservation Act

At present, nine items of textiles are reserved for production only by handlooms, violation of which is punishable with imprisonment up to six months and fine.  Most of the aforesaid varieties are unviable to produce out of handlooms and are practically produced out of powerlooms. It is submitted that the number of reserved items may be reduced to 3 or 4 immediately and later scrap the scheme.  In the globalized environment, such a control has become redundant.


7.   Draft Notification by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change regarding establishment of Zero Liquid Discharge in the Textile industry and other pollution issues


The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has issued a Notification proposing to introduce Zero Liquid Discharge in respect of the textile units having beyond 25 KLD.  We appeal to your goodself to kindly recommend including marine discharge technology (commercially viable and followed across the world) as the same has been strongly advocated by the Ministry of Textiles right from 10th Five Year Plan period and already few textile parks are functioning with such facilities.  We also humbly request the Hon’ble Minister to kindly recommend to MEF&CC to make mandatory ZLD for surface / inland water discharge and marine discharge for ocean discharge as per the norms and implement the same throughout the country to have a level playing field. In addition, the proposal should also permit any other fool-proof/emerging technology that ensures environment protection.


8.   Uniform Pollution Control Norms across the nation


We request your goodself to kindly recommend to the Ministry of Environment and Forest to come out with uniform pollution control norms for the treatment and disposal of textile effluents across the nation to have a level playing field and avoid migration of wilful defaulters to other States and pollute the environment. 


9.      Include power plants under the eligible list of IPDS and SITP

All the existing dyeing clusters are in the process of setting up of common effluent treatment plant and adopt Zero Liquid Discharge technology for treating the textile effluents.  Since power cost accounts for over 60% of treatment cost, it is essential to include power plant under the eligible list of IPDS and SITP schemes to make the projects viable.


10. Rescue the financially stressed Tirupur CETPs from closure

Tirupur CETPs successfully implemented the ZLD textile effluent treatment technology and revived Tirupur garment export business to the tune of Rs. 23,000 crores apart from meeting the domestic needs.  As there was undue delay in sanctioning the promised grants, all the CETPs are under severe financial stress.  We request your goodself to kindly release a special grant which had been already allocated under the 13th Finance Commission and also personally represented by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to the Hon’ble Prime Minister during his visit to Chennai on 08.08.2015 as part of Wish List of the State.


11.    Conclusion of FTAs

The duty barrier is a major bottleneck for the exporters to export their products to overseas buyers.  Due to the high incidence of duties levied by the textile importing countries, Indian textile products are facing stiff competition from other countries.  Therefore, it is necessary to conclude FTAs with countries like EU, China, Canada, Australia, etc., to have a level playing field and achieve a sustained export growth rate and also provide suitable incentives till FTAs are concluded.


12.    Allow import of second hand shuttleless looms under EPCG

The financial constraints of the existing powerloom owners across the Nation do not permit them to import brand new shuttleless looms and upgrade the technology.  Therefore, allow import of second hand shuttleless looms at concessional duty under EPCG scheme as it was prevailing earlier and exempt shuttleless looms from central excise duty and allow import of second hand looms.


13.    Remove Central Excise Duty on shuttleless looms

Remove 6% central excise levied on projectile shuttleless loom and 12.5% central excise duty levied on other shuttleless looms to make it cost effective for the powerloom weavers as it prevailed till 15th March 2012.  This makes the imported loom expensive by way of countervailing duty.


14.    Extend TUF benefit for modernizing spinning machines in the SSI sector

When the TUF scheme was launched in 1999, the stand alone spinning mills in the SSI sector were not eligible to avail the benefits under the scheme due stipulated Minimum Economic Size restriction.  This restriction was removed only on 28th January 2009.  Besides this, the interest reimbursement for the spinning sector has also been reduced from 5% to 2% thereby resulting in very low benefits in the TUFS.  Therefore, it is necessary to extend 10% capital subsidy extended for other textile machinery only for modernizing existing spinning units in the small scale sector.


15.    Blackout period of TUF Scheme


Though your goodself have been making relentless efforts from the day one of assuming office, the Ministry of Finance has refused to consider the blackout period and left out cases of TUFS.  Having succeeded in getting a record allocation and also extending the scheme for the 13th Plan period, we are confident that with your continued efforts and persuasion with Hon’ble PM would prevent the several hundreds of textile units becoming NPAs which invested over Rs.65,000 crores during the blackout period and also the left out cases.  We humbly appeal to the Hon’ble Minister to continue the efforts and get the relief for the well-being of the industry.


Before I conclude, I would like to humbly submit to the Hon’ble Minister that we would submit a joint memorandum highlighting all these issues, enclosing a detailed note for each item. Sir, textile industry being the second largest employment provider of the Nation the livelihoods of over 105 million people across the Nation and the economy of the country depends upon  the competitiveness and sustained growth of this industry.  Our Hon’ble Prime Minister is fully aware of the facts and therefore announced a unique textile policy in Gujarat which paved way for all the major States in the country to announce textile policies and attract investments.  Sir, we are right now proceeding in the right direction and we are sure, the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister “Make in India”, “Skilling India”, “Digital India”, “Zero Defect, Zero Effect”, “Inclusive Growth” etc would be made a reality by the textile industry which has numerous inherent strengths and become a global leader in textiles.


On behalf of all the Associations assembled here, I thank the Hon’ble Minister for visiting our Association and participating in the interaction meeting. I once again welcome all the dignitaries for this important meeting. 







The Union Minister of State for Textiles, Mr.Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Joint Secretary (Cotton), Smt Anu Garg and Textile Commissioner, Dr Kavita Gupta visited SIMA today and had an interaction meeting with all the office-bearers of textile industry Associations in Tamil Nadu.  SIMA Chairman, Mr.M.Senthilkumar submitted a memorandum on behalf of all the industry Associations seeking several remedial measures to enable the textile industry to increase its business size from 110 Billion US $ to 300 Billion US $.  He thanked the Hon’ble Minister and the Ministry of Textiles and also Hon’ble Prime Minister for extending the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme for the entire 13th five year plant period by allocating Rs.17,822 crores subsidy amount, enhancing export benefits under MEIS, IES and duty drawback scheme and also facilitating Indian shipping companies to transport cotton in a cost effective manner from Gujarat to Tamil Nadu.  A copy of the address delivered by Mr.M.Senthilkumar on behalf of all the textile industry Associations is attached.


The Union Textile Minister after listening to the views of the industry Associations stated that all the 15 demands of the Associations were very reasonable and assured to take necessary steps and find solution.  He also advised SIMA to visit New Delhi along with office-bearers of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry and Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council so that Ministry of Textiles could take up the matter suitably with Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Finance and PMO and find solutions. 



Mr.P.Nataraj, Deputy Chairman, SIMA proposed vote of thanks.

48 important and traditional handloom products are registered under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection), Act, 1999. 

The authorized officers of the central and state governments are instructed from time to time to pay special attention to the complaints on faking of G.I. registered handlooms products. 

Recently, Ministry of Textiles has received complaints from various handloom associations/unions that duplicate versions of their famous G.I. registered handloom products are being manufactured by the mechanized sector of the textiles and are sold in the market by some textile marketing companies in the names of G.I. registered handloom products. This is hampering the niche market of these handloom products affecting their goodwill adversely and shrinking their market value due to encroachment on their registered geographical indications. 

Registered users of G.I. registered products have rights under the provisions of the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection), Act, 1999 to approach respective police authorities to safeguard their interests against such illegal manufacturing/marketing of G.I. registered handloom products. 

Recently, an FIR was filed on 17.12.2015 in the Pochampally Police Station, Telangana by the authorized users of the G.I. registered handloom products of pochampally ikat sarees against the sellers/manufacturers for selling/manufacturing duplicate G.I. registered produc

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