Consultations on National Fibre Policy sign now

22nd June, 2010
To
Sri. Dayanidhi Maran
Union Minister for Textiles
Ministry of Textiles, Udyog Bhavan,
New Delhi-110011
Ph.No. 91-11-23061338/ 18/14
Fax- 91-11-23063711 / 23063681



Ref: National Fibre Policy, 2010 request for a nation-wide consultation programme


Dear Sri. Dayanidhi Maran,

We are happy to note that your Ministry has brought out a draft National Fibre Policy on 7th June, 2010. It is imperative to have a long-term vision and a structured approach to the fibre production so that the envisioned production of textile items across the textiles value chain can be attained.

We understand that the important challenge in this process is to find an equitable balance between growth of different fibres, and an assessment of how such a growth would impact on the user industry. Given the long term implications of the public investment on the prescriptions of such a policy, we opine that an arena for discussions be opened, wherein all stakeholders would have the facility to bring in their perspectives, opinions and arguments.

We strongly believe that handloom sector would benefit from a positive National Fibre Policy. National Fibre Policy should link the concerns and aspirations of handloom sector with regard to accessibility of natural fibres such as cotton, silk, jute and wool. Additionally, linking the growth of natural fibres with handloom sector is likely to increase employment and gross natural product.

Further, we strongly request you to put in a place a nation-wide consultative process for the draft policy document developed by the Working Committee on National Fibre Policy, constituted by the government. This would help in collecting various viewpoints and strengthening the acceptability of the National Fibre Policy. Through such a process, various stakeholders of the fibre policy would be able to strengthen the policy, which would help in achieving the objective of the policy to enable the growth of Indian textile sector.

This consultation process should include small and marginal farmers who would be the primary beneficiaries of a National Fibre Policy, which addresses their needs and concerns. National Fibre Policy, we understand, would affect the livelihoods of about 10 crore families across India. Given its importance and reach, this Policy needs to be debated and the provisions negotiated, so as to safeguard the interests of small producers in various fibre supply chains across India.

Currently, the draft National Fibre Policy is posted on the website on Ministry of Textiles. While this might be the public domain, in India, we strongly feel the need for usage of other modes of public communication. Internet is still not a primary communication system for crores of people. The draft policy also needs to be translated into Indian languages. Presently announced period of one week for opinion sharing, from 13th to 21st June, 2010, is completely inadequate. There is a need to have atleast six month process, in order to strengthen the National Fibre Policy, in tune with the needs and concerns of crores of families employed in different fibre supply chains, across India.

Looking forward to your positive response, in this regard.

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