Under the inspiring leadership of the visionary Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi the new Government at centre, Ministry of Textiles have taken a number of new initiatives for achieving the main objectives of making the development participative and inclusive, “sabka saath, sabka vikaas”, giving particular attention to the under privileged regions and disadvantaged segments of the society.
Further based on the “make-in-India” initiative, the organized textile industry has been assisted with specific stress on ‘skill, scale, speed’ and ‘zero-defect, zero-effect’ for scaling up employment, production and export.
The administrative mechanism and procedures are being revised based on “minimum government – maximum governance” for improving ease of doing business.
Some of the major initiatives taken in the past months in the textile sector have been indicated below.
- Setting up infrastructure for Textile Industry under the Scheme for Integrated Textile Park (SITP)The Ministry has cleared 20 proposals for new Textile parks in diﬀerent states of the country facilitating investments upto Rs. 4500 crores and generating employment for 66000 persons. Also, to enable a better and more meaningful participation of State Governments / State Industrial Development Corporations, Joint ventures by Industrial Development Corporations have been encouraged under the scheme.
- Launching Organised Textile industry in the North East
With a view to generate productive employment opportunities for the youth in general and women in particular in the North Eastern region of the country, “Setting up centres for production of garment and apparels”, in each of the Northern Eastern States was announced by the Hon’ble Pime Minister in Nagaland on 1st December 2014.
- Under the initiative, three units with 100 machines in each unit are being set up, with a ﬁnancial implication of Rs. 18 crores per centre to be funded by Government of India on 100% basis.
- Foundation stones for the apparel and garment units for Nagaland at Dimapur, for Manipur at Imphal, for Sikkim at Gangtok were laid by Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Ministers and other dignitaries on 24th February 2015, 24th March 2015 and 25th March 2015 respectively. Construction, acquisition and installation of machineries in all the eight states have been started by the National Building Construction Corporation. This has generated lots of enthusiasm in the local youth in general and women in particular.
- Foundation stone for Apparel and Garmenting making center in Assam is scheduled on 11th May 2015 and Foundation stone for Garment making Center and Silk Printing unit is scheduled in Tripura on 12th May 2015
- Safeguarding interest of the Cotton growers
To safeguard the interests of domestic Cotton growers, a well-planned, largest ever Minimum Support Operations were carried out by the Cotton Corporation of India in all the 11 cotton producing States by opening 341 centres. As result of close and constant monitoring over 86 lakh bales of cotton have been procured during the season (October 2014 – March 2015). On line payment directly to the account of cotton farmers was done as an innovative measure in Andhra Pradesh in consultation with the State Government, which was appreciated by the farmers.
- Revival of National Textile Corporation (NTC)
National Textile Corporation (NTC), a central public sector undertaking dealing with sick textile mills was turned around and was discharged by BIFR on 28th October, 2014, after several years on its network becoming positive. After the new government took charge, 10 more units have become profitable, taking the total number of profitable units to 13.
- Provisions of the NTC Act were amended under, the “The Textile Undertakings (Nationalization) Laws (Amendment and Validation) Act – 2014” for overcoming legal hurdles in dealing with lease-hold land.
- Steps have been initiated for diversification of business, taking up garment production, technical-textile production and skill development for making it a strong and vibrant undertaking in a time-bound manner.
- The Hon’ble Prime Minister presided over the signing of the tripartite agreement by the Union Ministry of Textiles, the Government of Maharashtra and the National Textile Corporation, for transfer of 12 acres of land adjacent to the Chaityabhoomi in the Indu Mills Compound in Mumbai, where the last rites of Babasaheb Ambedkar were performed, for construction of a Memorial for Babasaheb Ambedkar.
- British India Corporation (BIC) – Asset Utilization
- BIC, is a sick Company, under reference to BIFR since 1992.
- Efforts are being made to explore the possibilities of revival.
- Promotion of Technical Textiles
- A new scheme (outlay Rs. 427 crores) was launched at Imphal on 24th March 2015 to popularize the use of Geotechnical textiles in the North Eastern States for providing quality infrastructure like Roads, Hill slope protection and efﬁcient water usage by water reservoir lining.
- This will lead to optimal use of resources, generation of employment and growth of technical textiles.
- The 4th International Exhibition – Technotex 2015 was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) in Mumbai on 9th April 2015.
- Skilling youth in Textiles
- To mark the occasion of ‘Good Governance Day’, on 25th December 2014, the Integrated Skill Development Scheme has been scaled up during 12th Plan with an allocation of Rs. 1900 crore to train 15 lakh persons.
- To meet the needs of the industry for a skilled workforce and thereby support its competitiveness, Ministry has trained 3.75 lakh youth in textile trades, particularly in the rapidly growing garmenting segment of the industry.
- Welfare of artisans engaged in Pashmina in Jammu & Kashmir
- Pursuant to Hon’ble Prime Minister’s announcement, a scheme towards Pashmina Promotion and welfare of the nomads rearing Pashmina in the Ladakh region was formulated and launched on 08.10.2014.
- Empowerment of women through Sericulture: 54 women sericulturists from all over India were felicitated in one day conference on “Women Empowerment through Sericulture” towards improving quality and productivity of silk held in New Delhi on 17th September, 2014.
- Safeguarding interests of Jute farmers and workers of Jute mills
- To safeguard interests of the producers and manufacturers of Jute and Jute products estimated at about 4.35 million families, the Government has, in January 2015, approved the orders for Mandatory Packaging of food grains in Jute bags and subsidy to Jute Corporation of India to support MSP operations in jute.
- For promoting more usage of value added diversiﬁed products, development of higher technology products and also to expedite the use of assets with state owned jute mills, the Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) held a review meeting in Kolkata with all stakeholders including the state government, on the 23rd February 2015.
- Handlooms and Online Marketing
- Due to various policy initiatives and scheme interventions like cluster approach, aggressive marketing initiative and social welfare measures, the handloom sector has shown positive growth and the income level of weavers has improved.
- The sector provides employment to 43.31 lakh persons engaged on about 23.77 lakh handlooms.
- During the current year, seven Common Facility Centres each per block have been set up in the Benaras Mega Cluster.
- A Memorandum of Understanding with Flipkart for online sale of handloom products. Primary Weavers’ Cooperative Societies are being assisted for development of infrastructure for production of quality fabrics with new design which can be sourced through e-marketing.
- Introduction of India Handloom brand for quality product and development of group of weavers along with required facilities will give a boost to e-marketing.
- Laying of foundation stone of one of the seven CFCs at Kardhana by the Hon’ble Minister of Textiles and Governor, U.P. is scheduled on 13th May 2015.
- “Indian Handloom Brand” developed to give distinct identity to handloom products and their quality
- The Handicrafts Sector contributes substantially to employment generation and exports.
- The exports of handicrafts including handmade carpets have marked an increase of 23.16 % during the current year.
- Insitu Upgradation Scheme : 8500 low-end powerlooms upgraded: subsidy of Rs.9.98 crores given
- Yarn Bank – Total outlay is Rs. 4 crore, GOI share for per yarn bank is upto Rs.1 crore – 2 proposals from Surat (Rs. 50 lakhs each), 2 proposals from Coimbatore (Rs. 35 lakhs each) & one from Varanasi (Rs. 30 lakhs) approved
- Tex Venture Fund – Contribution agreement between Govt. of India and SIDBI has been signed on 03.10.14 ; Rs.11.50 crore allocated for 2014-15 released to SIDBI Venture Capital Ltd. (SVCL)
- New Textile Policy
- The draft policy has been discussed further with concerned stakeholders. The revised draft New Textile Policy is under process for approval by the Government.
- Special Focus
- Implementation of Plan Schemes : Spent 95% of RE in 2014-15 against 81% last year, In respect of North East (NERTPS) spent Rs.116.25 Crores in 2014-15 (Rs.2.86 Crores in 2013-14). Scheme guidelines simplified in respect of SITP, ISDS
- Swachh Bharat Mission : Testile PSUs completed 64% toilets in schools, remaining by 15th May, 2015. Special attention to cleaning Office premises and HHEC installed eco-friendly Solar Energy System : to enable accrual of Carbon Credits
- Ease of doing Business :
1) Towards Ease of doing business the Ministry has decided to join the DIPP e-biz portal for the Textiles sector and present one front face to a potential investor in the manufacturing sector. In this context, Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) launched the Comprehensive Integrated Software Development (iTUFS) for Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) on 9th April 2015.
2) Procedure for testing textile samples for import simplified in respect of countries where azodyes have been banned under statute: and for cases accompanied by certificate from accredited agency.
3) Computer system of Textile Committee integration with Customs and E-book on initiatives and schemes uploaded to the web-site to spread awareness of the Ministry’s programme and efforts.