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Government of India
Ministry of Textiles
12 FEB 2021 4:57PM by PIB Delhi
Impact of Lockdown on Textile Sector

The global pandemic of Covid-19 affected the textile sector initially due to restriction of social gathering, migration of laborers as well as affecting all the stakeholders from farmers to traders/exporters in the value chain. However, the situation has improved in recent months and production and exports have looked up. At the same time, it has opened new window of opportunities which were previously less explored. India became globally the second largest manufacturer of PPEs.

Textiles sector being largely unorganized, no comprehensive information/details regarding impact of lockdown are available. However, level of production fell in jute, silk, etc.

The export of textiles and apparel decreased also for the period January, 2020 to November, 2020 due to the pandemic. But now export orders have started increasing.

No exhaustive data of MSME units in textile sector is available. However, as per the information of M/o Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), the total number of MSMEs registered under Udyog Aadhar Portal (since Sep, 2015 to June,2020) in manufacturing of textiles and wearing apparel are 651512 and 428864 respectively . MSMEs registered under Udyamportal(since 01.07.2020 to 09.02.2021) in manufacturing of textiles and wearing apparel are 115855 and 85564 respectively.

The production of man-made fibre, filament yarn and spun yarn increased during last three years: 2017-18 to 2019- 20. Similarly, the production and exports of Handicrafts also increased during this period.

This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Textiles, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani in Lok Sabha today.