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NITMA welcomes budget announcement for textile sector

Feb 02, 2021
NITMA welcomes budget announcement for textile sector

Sanjay Garg, President NITMA , welcomed the proposal of Union Budget 2021-22 as  the grant to textile and clothing sector is budgeted at Rs 3,631.64 crore which is about 10 per cent higher than previous year’s revised budget of Rs 3,300 crores in 2020-21. Also, in the present budget, government has emphasised on Infrastructure Development and Research & Capacity Building as the grant for these sectors has been increased by about 43.7 per cent and 77.5 per cent respectively as compared to the last year. Share of these sectors in total T&A budget allocation for 2021-22 stands at about 6 and 10 per cents respectively.


Garg briefly touched upon positive measures in budget 2021-22 for textile sector, as details are being analysed, some of them are as follows:


- Mega Investment Textiles Parks (MITRA) scheme, in addition to PLI and 7 Textile Parks to be established over 3 years. He added that the active support and cooperation of the government the textile industry will become globally competitive, attract large investments and boost employment generation and exports in the years ahead.


-  Basic customs duty (BCD) rates on caprolactam, nylon chips and nylon fibre and yarn will be uniformly reduced to 5 per cent to spur textile industry, MSMEs, and exports.


- Customs duty on cotton from nil to 10 per cent and on raw silk and silk yarn from 10 per cent to 15 per cent, to benefit domestic cotton and silk growers.


- The taxation changes proposed in the budget will help and benefit MSMEs in a big way. Measures taken to simplify GST are praiseworthy with the hope that government will take corrective measures to smoothen the GST further by removing anomalies such as the inverted duty structure.


He further added that the custom duty policy announced has dual objectives of promoting domestic manufacturing and helping India get on to global value chain and export better.  Garg reiterated that the domestic textile industry will get easy access to raw materials and exports of value added products which will make textile industry globally competitive.


Summing up, he again admired several measures initiated in the budget 2021-22 at the same time he humbly appealed that there is an urgent need of raising customs duty on manmade yarns from 5 to 10 per cent, which has not been considered by the Finance Minister. Garg elaborated, that manmade yarn sector which is one of the largest employment generating segments within the textile industry and it’s highly capital and labour intensive industry as well. The unreasonably low-priced imports of manmade yarn into India have been causing considerable amount of injury to domestic manufacturers for last 5 years or so. Industry has deep concerns over the rise in import quantities being dumped into India, which can potentially cause a permanent damage to domestic MMF sector with the cascading effect, from closure of units to NPA’s, and eventually resulting huge employment loss.