The textile industry in India is facing compliance issues with Quality Control Orders (QCOs), prompting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin to seek the intervention of Union Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal to protect the interests of the industry. Stalin wrote to Goyal citing concerns raised by the textile industry on mandatory certification through different QCOs by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for various types of man-made fibres and viscose fibre.
In particular, the QCOs issued by the textiles ministry with respect to Viscose staple fibre have given only one month for implementation, leading to further apprehension among industry players.
Stalin’s letter highlights the need for a comprehensive approach to address the challenges faced by the textile industry and ensure a conducive regulatory environment that fosters growth and development. The chief minister also stressed the need for coordinated efforts between the central and state governments to support the industry.
The textile industry is a critical sector in India, contributing significantly to the country’s economy and providing employment opportunities to millions of people. However, the industry is facing several challenges, including compliance issues with regulations and quality control standards.
The QCOs issued by the BIS are aimed at ensuring that textile products meet the necessary quality standards and are safe for consumers. However, the mandatory certification requirements have placed a significant burden on the industry, particularly smaller players who may not have the necessary resources to comply with the regulations.
The implementation timeline for some of the QCOs has also been a cause for concern, as it may not provide sufficient time for the industry to prepare and adapt to the new requirements.
The chief minister’s letter to the textiles minister is a step towards addressing these challenges and ensuring that the industry’s interests are protected. It is expected that the central government will take appropriate measures to address the concerns raised by the industry and provide necessary support to enable the industry to thrive.