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Date : 18-May-2020
Subject : Garment exports shrink 90% in April, state exporters seek nod to ship masks

NEW DELHI: Covid-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the country’s readymade garment exports in April — shrinking 90% to Rs 963 crore compared to Rs 9,786 crore in the same period last year. The sharp drop comes after a 30% decline in exports in the month of March compared to the same period last year.

While for the full 2019-20, the garment exports have declined by 3% to Rs 1.09 lakh crore in the country. Rajasthan has a share of about 3% and engages about 3 lakh people directly in the sector having 1,200 units spread across the state.

“The industry is in deep trouble, threatening the survival of many exporters. The government needs to address issues like cash flow, ease of doing business and providing financial incentives comprehensively. Many neighbouring states have also brought in labour reformss to help their industry which can be looked at in Rajasthan as well,” said Rajiv Dewan, president of Garment Exporters Association (GEAR).

The difficult time has also thrown up some opportunities, but it requires policy change which will help the industry find some relief. GEAR has written to textile minister Smriti Irani requesting her to allow exports of non-surgical masks (decorative fabric mask) to enable the exporters resume their manufacturing and export activities.

“We have been getting export inquiries from many parts of the world for supply of non-surgical masks made out of various types of fabrics. The permission to export them as fashion accessories will be of immense support. The permission will help the garment manufacturer to consume their huge stock of fabrics held by them due to cancelled export orders. The mask exports will also open avenues for an alternative income and generate employment,” said Aseem Singla, general secretary of GEAR.

Export of masks was banned in February this year as the government thought that India would require vast amount of masks for its public.


Source: dst.news


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