Textiles Minister Smriti Irani presented the AEPC Export Awards, 2015-16. She encouraged AEPC and garment exporters to be a partner in the government's efforts towards job creation through value-driven manufacturing and exports. The minister presented the awards in 22 categories. The awards were divided into multiple categories and the key awards were given to Shahi Exports, Orient Craft, Gokaldas Exports, (Bangalore).
Winners for Global exports above Rs 100 crore and up to Rs 500 crore were: Pearl Global Industries, Pratibha and Raymond Group of Companies. Award winners for Global exports above Rs 50 crore and upto Rs 100 crore were: Penguin Apparels, Jyoti Apparels and Loyal Textile Mills. Award for the new entrepreneur was bagged by Milion Exports Private and winner for the highest exports to Japan was Lodha Impex.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said her ministry would do its utmost within the constitutional framework to strengthen the industry. In the wake of demonetization, the Textiles Ministry has helped open 5 lakh bank accounts for associated workers in the industry in a period of three weeks. The Minister said that the government is also ensuring that the workers are trained to digitally use their bank accounts.
She further noted to further promote exports, there should be an award for the best player in emerging market in the next award season. Industry should also head towards sustainable garments from an international perspective; and should look for innovation either in marketing or technology.