NEW DELHI, Feb 13 – Development and modernisation of the textile sector in northeastern states is being given the highest priority by the Centre, said Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani here today.The move will create more jobs, especially for women of the region and also lead to enhancement of infrastructure of northeastern states such as roads, power, water supply, etc., she said.
There are 23.77 lakh handlooms in the country, of which 16.47 lakh handlooms (69.28 per cent) are in the Northeast as per the handloom census of 2009-10. An amount of Rs 690 crore has also been utilised for development of sericulture in the region, the minister said.
Twenty-one readymade garment manufacturing units are fully operational in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura. These units have given a boost to the textile industry in the Northeast. This has seen an increase in the export of readymade garments from the region.
Three factories have become fully operational in each of the seven states of the Northeast in a record time of two years. Each factory employs around 1,200 people, mainly women. These factories are owned by local entrepreneurs. Agencies like the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India, Arvind Mills and Apparel Export Promotion Council are placing orders for readymade garments with these units.
The Textile Ministrys specific objectives for the Northeast are to increase the value of textile production, technological upgradation, improvement in capability, better access to domestic markets and clusterisation.
It has provided Rs 18 crore to each readymade garment manufacturing unit. The National Building Construction Corporation has constructed these units in the seven states. The garments manufactured here are being exported not only to other parts of the country but also to Bangladesh and Myanmar, the minister said.
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