Indian Textile Minister Smriti Irani has urged buyers and buying houses not to cancel orders and to show solidarity in this difficult time when the world is facing the harsh impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Government stands shoulder to shoulder with our apparel industry. My appeal to buying houses & buyers is please do not cancel a single order,” Irani said in a tweet.
“India has always believed in the philosophy of vasudhaiva kutumbakam, i.e. the world is one family. And there has been no such time in human history that the concept has been tested and found to be true. Now, the world is engulfed in coronavirus and our fight against it will be a testament to humanity,” Irani said.
Making an earnest appeal to the buying houses, the buyers of the Indian textile and apparel industry, Irani said, “For years you have enjoyed the craftsmanship of our textile industry. Our Prime Minister has recently announced measures to protect the rights and wages of our workers. Today, I appeal to you. Stand together. Let’s show the world that we can do commerce with compassion. Do not cancel a single order that is being placed.
“Delivery schedules can be reworked. Payment plans can be extended. If we decide to work together, I reiterate my appeal – Do not cancel orders.”
Triburg, India’s leading buying house which is working with many top brands and retailers across the globe, reacted on it, “We thank the Minister and State. We stand behind her urgent plea to protect our workers and their families. We all will put ourselves to the task and stand behind her call to do commerce with compassion. We hope our buyers and us, who have partnered with each other through many difficult phases, will work together through this crisis as well,” asserts Jyoti Saikia, MD, Triburg.
Lokesh Parashar, President, Federation of Buying Agents, says, “We welcome the Minister’s appeal. We will push the sentiments across to all our members and buyers. It is needed for the exporter associations/councils and the ministry to collectively engage the buying agents/buyers and offer them tangible solutions than just mere words. The way forward is difficult but not impossible. So yes, it is a very good step forward. Let’s get together and put it to action.” The Federation of Buying Agents is buyer’s council representing the voice of the buyers as their buying agents.