The Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, has announced the introduction of two Quality Control Orders (QCOs) for 31 items in a bid to enhance the standard and quality of Technical Textiles in the country. By implementing these QCOs, the Ministry aims to foster industry growth and ensure that Indian products meet global standards.
QCOs for Geo Textiles and Protective Textiles: A Step Forward
The two QCOs cover 19 Geo Textiles and 12 Protective Textiles in Phase-I, following the notification of Technical Regulations. Joint Secretary Shri Rajeev Saxena informed that these QCOs are the first technical regulation from India for the Technical Textiles industry.
The Centre believes that the introduction of QCOs is essential for the public interest, as it aims to improve the standard and quality of Geo Textiles and Protective Textiles. These materials are vital for protecting the environment, human health, and animal & plant life & health.
Geo Textiles: Enhancing Infrastructure and Environmental Applications
Out of the 31 items, 19 items belong to the Geo Textiles category. These include Laminated High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Woven Geomembrane for Waterproof lining, PVC Geomembranes, Needle punched non-woven geobags, Polypropylene Multifilament woven geobags, Jute Geotextiles, Open Weave Coir Bhoovastra Geotextiles, Geotextiles used in various applications such as Sub-grade Stabilization, Subsurface Drainage, and Erosion Control, among others.
Protective Textiles: Ensuring Safety in Adverse Working Conditions
The remaining 12 items are of Protective Textiles, which include Curtains and Drapes, Upholstered composites used for non-domestic furniture, Protective clothing for firefighters and industrial workers exposed to heat, High visibility Warning Clothes, Protective Clothing for use in welding and allied processes, Tactical 3 point sling, Pouch for ammunition and grenades made of disruptive pattern nylon-66, Bullet resistant jackets, and Water-proof multipurpose rain poncho.
Implementation Timeline and Future Plans
The Geo Textiles and Protective Textiles QCOs will come into effect 180 days after their publication in the Official Gazette. The conformity assessment requirements specified in these QCOs apply to both domestic and foreign manufacturers who intend to export their products to India.
The Ministry of Textiles plans to issue two more QCOs for 28 items in Phase-II, including 22 items of Agro Textiles and six items of Medical Textiles. In Phase-III, over 30 more Technical Textiles items may be considered for QCO issuance.
The implementation of these QCOs will ensure the standard and quality of Technical Textiles and encourage the growth of this industry in India, ultimately leading to the production of quality products at competitive prices.