The Indian Cotton Mills’ Federation (ICMF) had been established in March 1958. In May 2005, it was broad based to represent the entire textile sector with the formation of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), a Company registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956. The Confederation is an apex industry chamber representing all the sub sectors of the textiles sector through its Member Associations, Associate Members and Corporate members.
As of now, CITI has 11 Member Associations as regular Members, 4 other industry associations as Associates Members and 16 Corporate Members. Besides this, Chairmen of Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (Texprocil), Synthetic and Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC) and Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) are members of the Committee of CITI on reciprocal basis.
The efforts of CITI for obtaining policy inputs from the Government targeted at the overall growth of the textile and clothing sector have helped in shaping Government initiatives like The Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme, The Technology Mission on Cotton, the Debt Restructuring Package and significant rationalization of the excise duty structure for the sector. Through its subsidiary body called CITI – Cotton Development and Research Association (CITI–CDRA), CITI has been supporting cotton extension and seed development activities since 1964 in different parts of the country. Currently, CITI–CDRA is working with cotton farmers in certain vulnerable areas for improving the quality and quantity of their cotton production and reducing cost of production.
The Confederation has established a Young Entrepreneurs Group (YEG) functioning since March 2003, comprising young entrepreneurs in the industry holding executive positions.
Under the auspices of CITI, the Textile Sector Skill Council has started its operations from CITI Premises at New Delhi. Textile Sector Skill Council (in short TSC) is a non-profit making organisation registered under Section 8 of Companies Act 2013. TSC has been approved by National Skill Development Corporation set up by Govt. of India, for development of skills in spinning, weaving and processing and hand-loom sectors of the textiles industry. It includes representatives from industry, government and academia and works for developing innovative skill solutions.
CITI also provides a platform to interact with the who’s who of the textiles and clothing community through its various conferences, seminars, workshops, kisan melas. etc. organised every year at international, national and regional levels.
As the apex industry chamber of the textiles value chain of India, CITI has entered into Memoranda of Understanding with several textiles & clothing producing organisations worldwide for extending mutual cooperation and developing bilateral textiles trade.