CITI asks for flexible labour laws

CITI on Sunday said flexible labour policies would help the sector achieve its many goals. Says a strong political will would be of paramount importance.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2006 15:00 IST

Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) on Sunday said flexible labour policies would help the sector to achieve potential size of 85 million dollar, generate 12 million new jobs and additional 25 billion dollar exports by 2010.

But the Chamber said a strong political will would be of paramount importance to bring about this growth in the industry, a chamber release said.

"To translate the vision of the textile industry into reality, many policy prescriptions are important. Critical among them is a flexible labour law regime, which can address job creation rather than job retention and help us to leverage our strength in the skilled workforce to meet competition from countries like China," CITI Chairman Hiren Shah said.

Although, the need for labour laws has been felt often by the textile and clothing sector to captalise on the emerging opportunities, the implementation is taking time due to apprehensions about loss of employment, the release said.

"Our efforts is to galvanise the consensus and sensitise the pay offs of a liberalised labour law regime to all stakeholders, particularly the workers," Shah said.

To further the cause of flexible labour laws, CITI is holding a conference on August 24, the release said.

"We believe that only through across the board discussions and listening to each other's point of view, such matters, which have political connotations can be amicably implemented," Shah said.

Flexible labour laws would enable authorities to hire more labour in seasonal basis. It would come extremely handy under the job guarantee scheme offered by the Centre to the rural population, as the textile and clothing industry mostly employed rural workers.

First Published: Aug 20, 2006 14:28 IST