New Delhi: The government has set an export target of USD 33 billion for the textiles sector next year despite the global economic slowdown, which it termed a “serious concern”, and said steps have been taken to address the “challenge”.
Textiles Minister Anand Sharma told the Lok Sabha that the textiles sector has witnessed a slowdown due to various factors, including the poor global economic situation.
Maintaining that it was a matter of “serious concern” in a reply to supplementaries, Sharma said steps have been initiated to address the “challenges”.
The government has constituted six high-level inter-ministerial committees with representation from various ministries and departments, including the Planning Commission, to review and evaluate the performance of the textiles industry.
He said the export target for the next year has been set at USD 33 billion. The current year’s target was USD 28 billion.
In reply to a supplementary from Basudeb Acharya (CPM), the minister said so far, the government has not received any complaint of dumping of Chinese raw silk in the Indian market and maintained that natural calamities in China have reduced production of silk in that country.
Sharma, however, said mechanisms like safeguard duty help the government to check dumping of commodities in Indian markets.
He maintained that Chinese silk was helping weavers in India as the production of raw silk has come down in the country.
The minister said the establishment of 21 new integrated textile parks was approved in October this year at a cost of Rs 2,100 crore to create world-class infrastructure for the textiles industry.
As several members were not satisfied with the reply of the minister and wanted to place more supplementaries, Speaker Meira Kumar said a half-an-hour discussion on the textiles sector could be held if members give notice.