New Delhi: International textile retail chain GAP has stopped importing Indian textile and clothing saying the domestic industry is using child labour, the Lok Sabha was informed on Monday.
Apparel brands of the US based GAP are Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta.
“GAP banned the import of Indian textile and clothing on the pretext of Indian units using child labour,” minister of state for labour and employment Harish Rawat said in a written reply on a query whether there has been any recent incidence of rejection of Indian goods by foreign country/ firm on the pretext of child labour involved in their manufacturing.
Rawat said the government had convened a meeting with different export promotion councils, including carpets, apparel, gems and jewellery, to ensure that the industry is adhering to the child labour laws.
“Government had convened a meeting....in which decisions were taken regarding proactive steps such as external social audits, collaboration with local administration, NGOs and social activists, concerted action in child labour prone districts, examination of supply chain to ensure that exporters, suppliers and subcontractors conform to child labour laws,” he said.
India’s textile exports were down by 10% to about $20 billion in 2008-09 over the last fiscal.