Very soon the Indian Government can allow export of personal protective equipment (PPE); however before that, it will ensure enough supply for the domestic market in addition to ensuring high-quality standards.
In this regard, Ministry of Textile (MoT) today had an online meeting (web dialogue) with leading PPE manufacturers.
Apart from Smriti Irani, Minister of Textiles, those who were part of the meeting included the likes of Ravi Capoor, Secretary, Textiles; Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary; Harish Ahuja, CMD, Shahi Exports; Gautam Nair, Matrix Clothing and many other PPE manufacturers.
A person present in the meeting shared on the condition of anonymity that the Minister urged the industry to ensure high-quality standards as per the required parameters as earlier China had faced criticism owing to poor quality of PPEs.
“She highlighted the easy supply of PPEs for domestic use. Once industry and government agencies will be completely satisfied on quality and availability, then only export will be allowed,” he added.
A presentation was also made on the quality issues of PPE during this 90-minute-long meeting.
Notably, just a day before, the Government had issued a press release and highlighted the quality aspect of PPEs.
As Bangladesh has started export of PPE and India is now making almost 5 lakh PPEs every day, the industry is highly willing to export the same on a priority basis.
Yesterday, Apparel Resources also highlighted in a detailed article Why should India allow export of PPE immediately?