Textile Minister Smriti Irani plays Antakshari on Twitter while Textile industry cries for help

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In an attempt to pass the time lazily on Sunday amid country-wide Janta Curfew, the Union Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development Smriti Irani chose to play Antakshari with the twitter users.

Many BJP workers, Journalists and Celebs joined in with their favorite songs whereas others raised serious questions over Government’s efforts to curb the virus and not announcing any economic relief measures.

The COVID-19 has a posed a serious challenge to the textiles industry in the country. The continuous fall in exports due to the impact of the pandemic and non-payments of already delivered goods has started to impact stakeholders.

Till January and early February, it was expected that Indian Textile industry will gain from lockdown in China amid Corona, but tables were turned soon as China from past 3 days has reported zero cases whereas India is on an upward trajectory in terms on new cases.

Major accessories imported from China are hitting a standstill and production is set to go down drastically. Taking stock, exporters have decided to scale down production by up to 80% over the next week.

“The present situation does not permit any cargo to be sent through ship or air. We are getting no new orders and we don’t expect them in the near future. If there are no new orders, the industry will further take a beating. The low demand in domestic market will also hurt us badly,” said Tirupur Exporters and Manufacturers Association’s President.

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