Employment Generation Note in Silk Industry

Indian Silk is the most elegant textile in the world with unparalleled grandeur, natural sheen, and inherent affinity for dyes, high absorbance, light weight, soft touch and high durability and known as the “Queen of Textiles” the world over. On the other hand, it stands for livelihood opportunity for millions of artisans and spectra owing to high employment oriented, low capital intensive and remunerative nature of its production. The very nature of this industry with its rural based on-farm and off-farm activities and enormous employment generation potential has attracted the attention of the planners and policy makers to recognize the industry among one of the most appropriate avenues for socio-economic development of a largely agrarian economy like India. 

1. We are a fiber based Council established in 1983 by the Ministry of Textiles and should be allowed to function as it is, in the present set up;

2. We are doing business only in Silk related ITC HS Code product categories i.e. 50,57, 58,61,62 and 63, without disturbing or interfering in other EPCs work or HS Code;

3. We have high value Niche premium products and are being sold to the developed nations and to other NAFTA Countries;

4. All expenses on export promotion activities and on day to day Administrative set up are being borne by own Council and not seeking any grant from Govt. or any other Board and hence, should be allowed to function as an independent EPC;

5. Silk EPC is a weaver based fiber Export Promotion Council and skilling and enrolling them later on as startup exporters and merchants  and hence, weaver consumers are required different treatment, which is being provided by ISEPC;

6. ISEPC has specialization in all our silk related ITC HS Code premium and luxurious product like Silk Yarn, Fabrics, Cocoons, Silk Fiber Silk Garments, Made-ups, High Fashion Accessories, Silk Scarves, Silk Bags, All Type of Silk Sarees, Silk Carpets, Silk Cushion Covers, Silk Blend Products along with all the Silk Handloom Products together with identified 11 Silk GI Products namely Pochampally Ikat; Chanderi Silk; Mysore Silk; Kanchipuram Silk; Muga Silk; Salem Silk; Arani Silk; Champa Silk; Bhagalpur Silk; Banaras Broacade and Sarees; Muga Silk of Assam; hence present operationlization system should be continued and status-quo should not be disturbed  

Silk has been intermingled with the life and culture of the Indians. India has a rich and complex history in silk production and its silk trade dates back to 15th century. Sericulture industry provides employment to approximately 9.76 million artisans including women spectra in the household of interior rural and semi-urban areas in India. Of these, a sizeable number of workers belong to the economically weaker sections of society, including women folklore. India’s traditional and culture bound domestic market and an amazing diversity of silk garments that reflect geographic specificity has helped the country to achieve a leading position in silk industry.

India has the unique distinction of being the only country producing all the four known commercial silks, namely, mulberry, tropical tasar, oak tasar, eri and muga, of which muga with its golden yellow glitter is unique and prerogative of India.

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