India faces a re-run of a curious controversy, as government and trade authorities disagree on the status of textile and clothing export data.

A committee formed under the Cotton Textile Export Promotion Council (CTEPC) of the textiles ministry and Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), highlights a 54 per cent growth in clothing exports during January-June 2005.

On the other hand, the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCI&S) says the growth is just over 11 per cent.

A similar situation arose in May this year, when the DGCI&S stated that exports had declined, while the industry and the ministry of textiles confirmed growth.

The industry panels then demonstrated that the DGCI&S had erred in collecting data from the customs authorities at the various ports around the country.

That exports have shown a healthy growth is widely accepted. A textile ministry official said that this mismatch in figures "does not help anyone," and that the DGCI&S had to get its act together.