Textile Act-2018 which was passed recently made it mandatory for the textile owners to get registration from the Department of Textile for running their business.
As per the act, all sub sectors of textiles including primary textile, readymade garment, allied textile, packaging and accessories manufacturers and buying house, would remain under the control of the Department of Textiles under the textile ministry.
Textile Bill was passed by the parliament on September 12 and the act, which took effect on October 1, declared the Department of Textile as the ‘Sponsoring Authority’ for the textile and clothing industry.
It says that the authority would provide all-out support to the industry and the operation of any textile and clothing industry would not be allowed without registration of the authorities.
As per the new act, buying house owners would also have to come under the registration of the sponsoring authorities to run their business.
Under the textile act, the government would establish a one stop service centre so that entrepreneurs and investors get required services including approval, clearance and licence within the shortest possible time.
The proposed OSS centre would also help implementing projects or moves related to textile and clothing industries.The formation and activities of the proposed OSS centre would be administered by the rules.
It also said that the director general of the Department of Textiles would act as textile registrar and the textile owners would get registration within 60 days after filling applications.
The act empowered textile registrar to suspend or even cancel registration for giving wrong or false information while getting registered.
The law states that authorised officer of the department would inspect textile industries to oversee whether the industries are running as per the condition of the registration.
The law has been enacted to meet the domestic demand of apparel, increase export, generation of new employment, attract foreign direct investment, facilitate the clothing industry for gaining global competitiveness and to introduce need-based curriculum for the textile sector.
To achieve the target of the new act, the government would take initiative to establish required number of educational institutions including university, college, fashion institute and textile training centre.
The designated officers of the DoT would be responsible to inspect quality and standard of various elements used in textile products including paint and other chemicals.
Mohammad Ismail, director general of DoT, told reporters that his department would not act as the controlling authorities rather it would facilitate the textile sector.