Worried Indian textile and garment chiefs on Tuesday called on the EU to give them a "level-playing field" by extending zero-duty benefits such as those given to neighbouring countries like Pakistan.

The plea came from Federal Textiles Minister Kansiram Rana during the 71st International Wool Textile Organisation Conference in Barcelona. He asked EU chiefs to release more quotas in return for India reducing import duties.

"India has fulfilled all the conditions stipulated by the EU and has reduced import tariff on textile items," Rana said in a statement. He added his country is committed to cutting peak import duties to 25 per cent for industrial goods including worsted fabric.

His comments come as India's textile industry faces increased competition from rival Asian nations like Pakistan which was granted a package of preferential trade benefits for its part in the US-led war against the Taleban in Afghanistan.