The Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), one of the leading industry chambers of the textile and clothing industry representing the entire textile value chain through its leading regional and industry associations and 18 major corporate members, has elected T Rajkumar, Chairman of Sri Mahasakthi Mills Limited, Kerala, as its Chairman for 2019-20.

Rajkumar is also the Chairman of Sri Arumuga Enterprise Limited and Foundation One Infrastructures Pvt Ltd, Tamil Nadu. He is also the Chairman of the Textile Sector Skill Council (TSC), past Chairman of The Southern India Mills’ Association, Chairman & Managing trustee of Global Pathway School, Coimbatore, and Secretary of Nachimuthu Gounder Rukmani Ammal Charitable Trust, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu. He is also actively involved in various industrial bodies and educational institutions.

At its First Meeting of the Committee held on September 16, CITI elected its office-bearers for 2019-20. DL Sharma, Director of Vardhman Textiles Ltd, and Managing Director of Vardhman Yarns and Threads Limited has been elected as Deputy Chairman. Sharma is Chairman of the CII Regional Committee on HR & IR (Northern Region) and Deputy Chairman of Textile Sector Skill Council (TSC). He has also served as Chairman, Punjab State Council of CII, member of CII National Committee on Textiles, member of CII’s National Committee on Industrial Relations and as past President of Ludhiana Management Association.

SK Khandelia, President & CEO of Sutlej Textiles and Industries Ltd has been elected as Vice Chairman of CITI. After his initial stint with SR Batliboi & Co., he joined Texmaco Ltd., and then the erstwhile Sutlej Cotton Mills Ltd., in 1976 as Commercial Manager and had the privilege of working directly under the illustrious Dr. KK Birla for many years. A qualified chartered accountant, Khandelia is the co-Chairman of FICCI Textile Committee. He is also a member of Committee of Administration of SRTEPC, and has served as President of Indian Spinners’ Association (ISA) and member of Committee of Administration of CITI & TEXPROCIL.

Maharaja Shree Umaid Mills, Rajasthan was presented CITI Birla Economic & Textile Research Foundation Award for “Effective Cost Management in the Textile Industry”, for 2018-19. CITI also organised a Seminar on “Strategic Discussion on Current Scenario of Textiles and Clothing Industry – A Way Forward”.