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Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) Advocates for Transformative Change and Collaborative Action

New Delhi, India – May 2024 – As India navigates through its largest-ever elections, the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) is gearing up for a future that extends beyond the next five years, envisioning a thriving textile sector till 2047, the year marking “New India’s” fulfillment of aspirations.

Sh. Rakesh Mehra, Chairman of CITI, expressed the industry’s resolve, stating, “The textile industry is crafting an action plan not just for the immediate future but for the long haul till 2047. Despite recent challenges, we are committed to fostering innovation, sustainability, and inclusive growth within the sector.”

While acknowledging the sector’s recent lackluster performance both domestically and in exports, Sh. Mehra emphasized the urgent need for collaborative action. He remarked, “The textile industry has faced challenges on multiple fronts, including geopolitical uncertainties, shifting consumer preferences, and stiff competition from other sectors. However, there is a collective sense of urgency to reverse this trend and propel the industry towards a brighter future.”

CITI recently welcomed facilitation measures aimed at alleviating the burden on exporters, including provisions exempting inputs from mandatory Quality Control Orders (QCOs). Sh. Mehra expressed gratitude for these initiatives, stating, “These exemptions will offer much-needed relief to exporters, laying a robust foundation for achieving the target of US$ 100 billion textile & apparel exports by 2030.”

Additionally, CITI highlighted the importance of trade agreements in expanding the industry’s global footprint. Sh. Mehra commented, “The recent India-European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Agreement is a significant milestone, offering better market access and fostering growth opportunities. Our partnership with Swiss Textiles further strengthens our resolve to drive bilateral trade and collaboration.”

Looking ahead, CITI emphasized the importance of schemes such as the PM Mega Integrated Textile Region and Apparel Parks (PM MITRA) program, the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme, and the Scheme for Capacity Building in the Textile Sector (SAMARTH). Sh. Mehra urged the new government to ensure effective implementation of these schemes to catalyze investment and capacity building within the industry.

In conclusion, Sh. Rakesh Mehra reiterated CITI’s commitment to driving transformative change within the Indian textile industry. He stated, “As we anticipate the new government’s policy direction, let us remain steadfast in our commitment to innovation, sustainability, and inclusive growth. Together, we can shape a vibrant future for generations to come.”