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Maharashtra to boost textile sector
Dec '15
The Maharashtra Government has initiated measures to revive the textile industry in the state, according to a newspaper report.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the textiles industry has the potential to offset unrest in the agriculture sector on which almost 55 per cent population depend for livelihood. He dismissed the argument that the textiles industry is dying and said his Government plans to promote textile industry as the second largest sector. He said big players would have to share social responsibilities and not just see the sector in terms of profit and loss.

Fadnavis has also asked Power Minister Chandrakant Bawankule to ascertain the financial implications of extending any subsidy to high intensity powerlooms. This, after a delegation of big textile industrialists, sought subsidies in power tariff on high-intensity operating machinery in their powerlooms during a meeting with Fadnavis earlier this week.

The Maharashtra Government provides power subsidy to small and medium powerlooms operations and handloom sectors, but those units which operate on high intensity large machinery to produce yarn have to pay commercial rates between Rs 8.50 to Rs 9 per unit.

The finance ministry is against extending power subsidies to looms on high intensity machinery that could entail an additional burden of Rs 300 to Rs 350 crore.

Maharashtra has almost 11 lakh powerlooms. There are 300 textile units which operate on 70,000 machines.

Fadnavis stressed that he was committed to rationalising power tariff to promote the textile sector, and planned to evolve an overall policy for rural development and employment in the textile industry. He urged textile industries to factor in socio-economic aspects and rural development through textile revival.

Textile sector has not been in the pink of health in Maharashtra. But a private and public partnership to adopt modern technology to revive the textile sector under an integrated plan of the ministries of textile, power and industries, is expected to bring Rs 50,000 crore and generate employment for 15 lakh people.

The integrated plan will entail policy changes to facilitate the setting up and upgradation of powerlooms while the decision to promote textile parks is expected to bring greater investments.

Fadnavis said the promotion of the textile industry as the second largest sector would help in development of backward districts in Vidarbha, Marathwada and parts of North Maharashtra which primarily grow cotton. (SH)

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