Union Minister Piyush Goyal

Varanasi: Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday that the central government is considering bringing a quality control order for silk to prevent the import of substandard products and promote domestic industry.

Earlier, the Commerce and Industries ministry had carried out quality control orders (QCO) for a host of goods such as household refrigerating appliances, certain steel, and cable items, toys, and bicycles’ retro-reflective devices.

The items, under these orders, cannot be produced, sold/traded, imported, or stocked unless they bear the BIS mark.

“We are thinking of bringing in quality control order to contain import of substandard silk,” Goyal said at a press conference on Thursday.

His remark came in reply to a question on the concerns of the industry on the import of silk from China. The Union minister was in Varanasi to participate in a two-day textiles conclave.

The QCO order could also help contain imports of silk from countries like China, the minister said. In the textiles sector, Goyal said India is on track to achieve USD 100 billion targets by 2030, despite the perceived global slowdown.

Free trade agreements with the UAE and Australia will help further boost exports, he added.

An MoU was signed between the Cotton Corporation of India and the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council of India to promote Kasturi cotton. The MoU will address the identification, certification, and branding of Kasturi cotton. Goyal said that another council for technical textiles would be set up on the lines of the Cotton Textiles Advisory Council.

The national capital, New Delhi, will host a saree exhibition — ‘Virasat – My Saree My Pride’ — from Friday. About 75 different Indian sarees such as Banarasi, Patola, and Kanjivaram will be showcased at the event.

By Archana

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