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Union textile minister Smriti Irani Saturday urged textile businessmen to prioritise use of organic dyes and work towards branding like “Garments Without Guilt” as created by Sri Lanka which helped increase exports. She was in Surat to inaugurate “Source India 2016” at Sarsana where buyers from nearly 33 countries came to source textiles. Irani also met members of the Southern Gujarat Textile Processors Association.
The Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) also made representations before her to reduce their excise and power bills. SGCCI president B S Agrawal told this paper, “We have demanded reduction of excise duty on textile goods from 12.5 percent to 6 percent. We have also demanded that the power rates in Gujarat should be at par with other states. Earlier, 30 percent subsidy was given under Technology Upgradation Fund (TUF) scheme, but it had been reduced to 10 percent.We have demanded that it should be 30 percent again.”
Irani also met representatives of three main segments of textile industry in Surat, Federation of Surat Textile Traders Association, Federation of South Gujarat Weavers Association and Southern Gujarat Textile Procession Association.
She told the industry members, “In this period of competition Indian silk cloth is being sold in the international market by the name of “Thai Silk”. Surat has 40 percent market of the country’s total synthetics production and silk textile industry sector is well established in southern India. Along with synthetic sector, my advice to the industry players of Surat is to look into the silk sector segment to tap more new business opportunities.” She said that a meeting of power loom industry members will be held in Delhi on August 22 to help the sector.