Newly appointed Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (India), Yogi Adityanath has completed one month of being in action and most of his planning is now clear. Though so far nothing major has been announced for the overall industry of the state but apparel exporters are quite hopeful with the new Government.
Uttar Pradesh is yet to prepare its Textile Policy while most of the other Indian states are very aggressive on the same. There are almost 10 major cities like Noida, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Lucknow, Agra, Kanpur, Bareilly, Moradabad and Varanasi in UP that are important hubs for Indian textile and apparel industry with their local specialization. Most of these cities are facing problems such as infrastructure, law and order, corruption, etc. Apparel Resources interacted exclusively with few of the UP’s apparel exporters on this issue…
Anand Gupta, Director, True Home Décor, Noida told us: “I feel electricity supply should be improved and corruption also needs to be eliminated in administrative processes.” He also added that along with the Government, exporters also need to change and improve their working style as far as rules and regulations are concerned. True Home Décor is into export of home furnishing products and does an annual business of US $ 1.5 million. Karan Manchanda, Director, The Kam Company, Moradabad added that along with electricity supply, all major industrial cities of UP also need improve connectivity and logistic services.
Lucknow, which is known for its Chikan embroidery, too houses numerous apparel exporters and one of them is Dilip Khairajani, Director, Nazrana Chikan Industry. He shared that improvement in law and order situation is of top priority for businessmen like him. “Improvements are there as local administration is now more disciplined and more cooperative. Lucknow can see good growth in apparel export business if Government can eradicate glitches like traffic and encroachment as overseas buyers don’t want to come here frequently due to such hurdles.”
Meanwhile, news agency IANS reported that discussion is on between UP and the State Governments to reopen textile mills in the state. Minister of State Suresh Rana met Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani and requested her to initiate the process to restart the closed textile mills in the state. “The State Government is alive to the needs and problems of the industrialists and will extend all possible cooperation in activating the closed textiles mills,” said Satish Mahana, Industrial Development Minister of the state.