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July 8, 2016

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New leadership team for Young Entrepreneurs Group of CITI


Prashant Mohota of Gimatex elected as Chairman


New Delhi, Tuesday, 5th July 2016: The Young Entrepreneurs Group (YEG) of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) elected its new leadership team in its meeting held on 30 June 2016 at Mumbai. Mr. Prashant Mohota, Managing Director of Gimatex Industries, was elected as the new chairman. A brief profile of Mr. Mohota is attached herewith. Mr. Ashish Saraf, Chief Financial Officer of Technocraft Industries was elected as the Vice-Chairman, YEG.

Speaking at the occasion Mr. Mohota said, “I am really excited that the mantle of leading the young group of textile entrepreneurs was handed over to me at a time when India is on the cusp of change. Lot of focus is given by political and business class to the youth energy. I hope to harness it in right direction to ensure that the future of Indian textile decision makers become a discernible force”.

Mr. Naishadh Parikh, Chairman of CITI, congratulated the newly elected. “We want more young entrepreneurs in CITI’s board. I am confident that they will bring some fresh energy to the Confederation. I extent my full support to the team,” he said.

About YEG Group

 The Young Entrepreneurs Group (YEG) of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) is a forum for young entrepreneurs in the textile industry holding management positions. Any entrepreneur less than 40 years of age and holding a managerial position in a textile unit is eligible to join the group.

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Profile of Mr. Prashant Mohota


 CITI hails government initiative for job creation in garment sector


CITI requests the government to link the scheme to the textile value chain

New Delhi, Wednesday, June 22, 2016: CITI welcomes this initiative for job creation in garment industry. We hope this is the first step towards creating employment and more initiatives are expected to follow to strengthen and support the textile value chain and the make in India initiative.  China and India have robust textile value chain, which has been the core strength and source of confidence for international buying houses. It is also a fact that Bangladesh is heavily investing to strengthen the textile value chain to provide comfort to the buying houses and maintain their growth for garment exports. On the back of TPP discussions, Vietnam is investing in substantial capacities for yarn and fabric manufacturing to bolster their value chain to support and enhance their garment exports. The above package should integrate the apparel export benefit to further strengthen the textile value chain. While we appreciate that government is considering compensation for the State taxes suffered by the garment exporters, it is important to appreciate the highest embedded State taxes are at the fabric stage due to complex and involved manufacturing process. Garment exporters have been given special dispensation for duty-free import of fabric and still allowing drawback benefit on the residual value after deducting the import of fabric. In the interest of maintaining and strengthening the textile value chain, and make-in-India initiative, it is recommended that the garment exporters be encouraged to source cotton fabric and other fabrics that are manufactured in India. The textile manufacturer would be able to avail the benefits under deemed export scheme, which would make them eligible for benefits of duty-drawback scheme. It would indeed be a win-win situation for apparel and textile manufacturers, working together, contributing to employment and retaining value addition within the country. It is also suggested that some of the benefits such as over-time, fixed time employment scheme be extended to the full textile value chain. If the scheme can be modified to strengthen the value chain, to eliminate taxes and support productivity improvement, the ultimate outcome would be far superior than expected. A recent study by the World Bank on Apparel employment, trade and economic development in South Asia recognizes the fact that the international buyers value full package vertical capability and thus the entire value chain. This would mean that the international buyers prefer to work with suppliers that provide full package, that is fabric manufacturing, supply chain related services in addition to assembly activities. It further acknowledges that the vertical integration of textile value chain is India’s strength. Keeping in mind these factors, CITI requests the government to link the scheme to other segments of the textile value chain.

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