The Indian government is standing by its plans to ship 5.5m bales of cotton in the 2010/11 season, shrugging off calls from domestic industry players who wanted to see a continuing ban on raw cotton exports.

According to the Minister of State for Textiles, Panabaaka Lakshmi, various textile associations and industries have demanded a delay in export contracts. Among the suggestions, he said, were calls for a delay in export contracts up to January 2011, staggering of shipments through a monthly cap, and the withdrawal of a 1.5% export incentive.

Indian cotton shipments resumed last week, nearly seven months after the country - the world's second-biggest producer and exporter of cotton - introduced a ban on raw cotton exports in an attempt to halt soaring price hikes and exports.

The online process for registering cotton exports was suspended last month after a rush of applications meant it reached its pre-set quotas just ten days after bookings began. The online registration facility may resume if exportable surplus quantity becomes available.