The Union Budget 2015-16 & EXIM Policy 2015-2020 hardly gave any attention to the Handmade Carpet Industry, which unlike other segments contributes significantly to
the fiscal chest of the Union Government in terms of taxes and duties. The Carpet industry is disappointed since it had high hopes from the Govt, more so when they have identified textiles as one of the priority sectors under the “Make in India” initiative. On the export front, the handmade carpet sector had performed exceptionally well, achieving an export turnover in excess of USD 1383.47 Million, as compared to last year, despite adverse market conditions particularly in USA and EU Countries. I congratulate our members and urge them to keep up the good work and think bigger & aim higher in the future. With active support from Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Commerce, Cabinet Secretary, States Govts and other governmental departments, through various Export Promotion Initiatives, Indian Handmade Carpet exports are set for a fast track growth since last year.
It's due to aggressive growth strategies and plans for continuing growth in the years to come, including participation in important and world famous International Trade Fairs, and India Carpet Expos organized in India. The Council has already drawn up the Impressive Annual Action Plan for the year 2015-16, which includes participation in prestigious fairs i.e. Qinghai Intl. Carpet Exhibition in Xining (China); Australia Intl Furniture Fair in Melbourne; Decorex 2015 in Johannesburg (South Africa); Textile House Fair in Sao Paulo; Autumn Fair Intl in Birmingham, Heimtextil Russia 2015; 30th Edition of India Carpet Expo 2015 at Varanasi, Japantex 2015 in Tokyo (Japan); DOMOTEX Intl Trade fair in Hannover, Décor Show 2016, DOMOTEX Asia China Floor in Shanghai (China) in 2016 etc. I urge fellow exporter members to be in touch with the Council Officers and take the opportunity to participate in all these important Export Promotion events, whole heartedly.
The 29th ICE was successful, being organized at New Delhi in March 2015, where 262 exhibitors from different parts of the country i.e. U.P., Rajasthan, J & K, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi etc. participated. The Fair was attended by 362 overseas buyers from more than 50 countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, U.A.E., U.K., US.A., Ukraine etc. marked their attendance for the first time. This fair was also attended by large numbers of buying representatives from all over the country.
Finally, the 30th Edition of India Carpet Expo (ICE) 2015 at Varanasi is fast approaching. Nearly, 300 Indian exporters and around same number of International Carpet Buyers 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 11 to 14, 2015 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.
In the current issue we have published reports on CEPC national & International events. We have also started Articles and current affairs on WTO and Foreign Trade Agreements with foreign countries, for updating our esteemed members on international front. As per our commitment to the Trade and World Body, we are shortly going to start a Child Labour Cell in CEPC Bhadohi Regional Office manning by 3-4 executives. Some of the major role for the personnel of the Child Labour Cell would be to Visit carpet weaving areas all over India, including those described as the new carpet belts, to hold awareness campaigns for loom-owners on existing and new laws specially emphasizing issues of bonded, forced and indentured child labour. The Child Labour Cell will also monitor nearby looms during their visits to check the reports received from the designated agencies as well as the de-registered looms in the areas they visit. They will also, in addition to the agencies, register any un-registered looms which they find.
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 15 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.
I feel a sense of pride in again presenting the next issue of CARPET COUNCIL News. I hope you will find the same more informative and useful. I request all Members to send their valuable suggestions and feedback on the various issues.
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 staring from Srinagar, Sikkim, 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 has been submitted to Govt of India for their concurrence.
The 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 Export at Varanasi & DOMOTEX at Hannover, Germany. I hope Members plan well in advance so that they draw maximum mileage.
I would like to thank all my colleagues on the Board of Committee of Administration, CEPC; especially to Executive Director and Editor of the magazine for their tireless effort in reviving and brining continuously this In-House Carpet Magazine at par with International standards..
With best wishes and hoping for our continued interactions.
With Kind Regards,
KULDEEP RAJ WATTAL