It is high time that few realize the adverse impact of duty discrimination prevailing within Textiles Sector, which is one of the strategic and labour
intensive sectors. The duty bias has been one of the factors discouraging the Indian handmade carpet sector to attain its potential production and growth in exports. Further the high fiscal burden and difference in duty structure has been restricting many from going for new applications and product development.
Few hope bold policy initiatives will be taken by the Government to boost growth of this sector. Otherwise, the Indian Handmade Carpet Industry will not be able to sustain the growth of exports to achieve the desired export targets.
I also call upon all the Members of CEPC & take pleasure in sharing the information about CEPC run carpet weaving training centres. At present CEPC is having 36 carpet weaving training centres and would like to start more with the active help of CEPC Members who are interested in running these centres. Salient features of the training programme can be seen in this issue of Magazine at CEPC “CSR Activities for Skill Development on Hand-Knotted & Hand-Tufted Carpet Weaving” to train 5000 Artisans in Mirzapur-Bhadohi-Varanasi Carpet Producing Belt.
Mrs Rita A. Teaotia, IAS took charge as Secretary Commerce, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. It is firm belief of ours that Ms. Teaotia with her rich, vast and varied experience at various key positions at Centre and the State as well, will come as a boom for further strengthening, boosting and steering Ministry of Commerce, while also welcoming and congratulating Ms. Pushpa Subrahmanyam IAS, Additional Secretary as the new Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), in Ministry of
Textiles, Govt of India.
Despite various problems hampering the exports of Indian Handmade Carpet industry, the Council on its part is making all out efforts to promote the sector by
involving export promotion activities abroad as can be seen at our Annual Action Plan listed on the following pages. As you are aware, Latin America and others has emerged as the major upcoming markets for handmade carpet and the Council has lined up exclusive Exhibitions in these markets. The Council is venturing in these countries for the first time and I am sure exporters will take advantage of these opportunities.
I would like to share with my carpet fraternity that with the help of the DC (Handicrafts), we are soon going to organize two days Seminars and Workshops in Panipat, Jaipur, Varanasi and Agra. We are also going to start four months duration of technical training programs to impart training on weaving of Hand Knotted and Hand Tufted Carpets i.e. 2 Centres each at Jaipur, Tonk, Dausa in Rajasthan; 3 centres each Panipat (Haryana) and Agra (U.P.). The proposals in this regard have been submitted to Govt of India for concurrence.
IThe Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) has also approved Organizing of Domestic Exhibition-cum -Sale of Handmade Carpets at Rajiv Gandhi Handicraft Bhawan, Shipi Haat in New Delhi, during 01-11-2015 to 15-11-2015; with allotment of 50 readymade stalls. Informative Circular to Members in this regard will be issued in due course of time.
It is my pleasure to share that our representations at premier-shows world-over have been well-received. As the warmer season approaches, preparations gain momentum for 30th Edition of India Carpet Expo at Varanasi " DOMOTEX at Hannover, Germany. I hope Members plan well in advance so that they draw maximum mileage.
The 30th Edition of India Carpet Expo (ICE) 2015 at Varanasi is fast approaching. Nearly, 300 Indian exporters and around 400 number of International Carpet Buyers nearly from 65 countries are expected to participate in this Mega event in October 2015 at Varanasi. I call upon all my fellow Member exporters to participate actively in ICE 2015 October Expo enhancing the experience of participating Member Exhibitors and visiting Overseas Buyers including a fresh approach to fairground design and visitors can expect a brand new encounter with the Expo during October 2015. I take pleasure in sharing that both these shows have left a mark in the minds of the visitors from all over the world.
I thank Members, who have renewed their membership of the Council for the year 2015-16 and request those who have not yet renewed to send their renewal fees at the earliest to enable the Member exporters to get eligible in participating in Council's activities.
With best wishes and hoping for our continued interactions.
With Kind Regards,
KULDEEP RAJ WATTAL