The situation obtaining in the Indian textiles and clothing (T and C) industry is none-tooencouraging. If anything, it has turned from bad to worse, causing worry for the government and apparel units. Nearly 50 percent of operations in these units has been hampered in recent months as many of them have lay-offs. The single largest factor has been rising garment imports from neighbouring Bangladesh. The negative growth in garment exports seen in June and August this fiscal (2019-20) reappeared in September as well. What is more, textile companies from countries like China are said to provide fibre and fabrics to units in Bangladesh and get them exported as finished goods to countries, including India.