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Anand Sharma chairs the Consultative Committee of Textiles
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Oct '11
Shri Anand Sharma Union Minister of Commerce, Industry & Textiles chaired the Consultative Committee of Textiles. The agenda of the meeting included: measures to boost exports amidst the global slowdown, export policy and raw material availability for the Textiles Industry.

While addressing the members Shri Sharma said, “The Indian textile industry is a key pillar of Indian manufacturing, contributing to 14% of industrial production and over 10% of Indian exports. More significantly, the industry is the second largest employment generator next only to Agriculture engaging 35 million people across various segments in the entire value chain”. The cotton textile industry has been facing a critical situation in recent times.

Shri Sharma informed the members that, “We are maintaining a close watch on the price situation both domestically and internationally. We have initiated a policy dialogue with State Governments of the cotton producing States and the Secretary (Textiles) has held detailed discussion with Chief Secretaries of all cotton producing States.”

On the apparel side, Shri Sharma said expressed concerns with the precarious situation with the dyeing industry in Tirupur. Shri Sharma informed that,”this matter was brought to my notice as soon as I was given the additional responsibility of the Ministry of Textiles and I immediately constituted a High Level Committee including Secretary (Textiles) and Secretary (Science and Technology). We have also utilized the expertise of Prof. M.S. Swaminathan to advice the Government.” He hoped that a suitable solution will be in place soon.

The Members of Parliament who are the member of the committee present in the meeting were: Shri P. Vishwanathan, Shri K. D Deshmukh and Shri Ramesh V. Katti. Smt. Panabaka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Rita Menon, Secretary (Textiles) and the senior officials of Government also attended the meeting. Shri P Vishwanathan raised the issues pertaining to unstable market conditions and problems of the units in his area.

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