Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) being one of the leading industry chambers of the textile and clothing sector of India, represents the major leading regional & industry associations and 18 major corporate members, thus, covering the entire textile value chain from farm to garments & made-ups and the textile machinery industry. It is the only National Association which covers the entire spectrum of the Textiles & Clothing Industry spanning both domestic and export market. CITI has signed MOUs with Thirteen major International Textile Associations for promotion of textiles’ trade and investment. It directly and indirectly serves an industry that connects to millions of farmers, 100 million plus work force and 1.3 billion consumers. The cumulative annual turnover of CITI members is around USD 30 billion i.e. Rs.2 lakh crores plus.
Earlier, CITI was known as The Indian Cotton Mills’ Federation (ICMF) which had been established in March 1958. In May 2005, it was broad based to represent the entire textile sector with the formation of Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), a Company registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956.
CITI works as an interface between the Government of India and Industry. It helps government in providing policy inputs to the government and simultaneously support the textile and clothing sector by protecting their interests by bringing amendments in government policies.
This industry has the unique role of being the largest industrial employer (over 10 crore persons are employed directly & indirectly) and also connecting crores of jute and cotton farmers.
Under the auspices of CITI, the Textile Sector Skill Council (TSC) has started its operations and trying to build up a pool of skilled workforce for the various sub sectors of the textile and clothing industry.
Keeping the industry demand in mind of having a pool of skilled workforce ready for achieving the ambitious targets set for the textile and clothing industry, CITI formed Textile Sector Skill Council (TSC) on 22nd August 2014 under the aegis of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The primary objective of TSC is to develop world class skilled manpower for all segments of textile manufacturing, starting from spinning to fabric finishing which include organized mill sector, power loom industry and handlooms. TSC was awarded the “Champion Sector Skill Council Award” in 2017 by late Shri Arun Jaitley, former Hon’ble Union Minister of Finance, for its outstanding performance.
CITI has a subsidiary body called CITI – Cotton Development and Research Association (CITI–CDRA), Through CDRA, CITI has been supporting cotton extension and seed development activities since 1964 in different parts of the country. Currently, CITI–CDRA is working with cotton farmers in the districts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra for improving the quality and quantity of their cotton production and reducing cost of production.
The Confederation has established a Young Entrepreneurs Group (YEG) functioning since March 2003, comprising young entrepreneurs in the industry holding executive positions.