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National Fibre Policy will be out in 3 months – Mr Maran
Sep '09
Mr Dayanidhi Maran, the Union Textiles Minister was felicitated by The South Gujarat Camber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI), today at Surat.

The Chamber President, Mr Nilesh Mandewala in his valedictory address spoke about the invaluable contribution of the Surat textile industry. He said, “The output of synthetic fabrics in Surat totals to 2.5 million metres per day which is woven on 600,000 powerlooms along with which there are around 50,000 embroidery machines in and around Surat.”

Providing further insight on Surat textile industry, he added that the sector employs 1.2 million people while also requesting Mr Maran to increase the capital investment subsidy on TFOs from 15 to 20 percent.

He thanked the Union Minister Mr Maran for releasing Rs 2,546 crores under the TUFs scheme in the process eliminating the backlog of outstanding payment under the scheme.

Among the main demands put up by the Chamber President, was for the abolishment of anti-dumping duties on all types of synthetic yarns and sought de-notification of the Surat Apparel Park SEZ status to a regular apparel park status.

Mr Arun Jariwala, Past President of the Chamber and a textile industry expert spoke at length on the anomalies existing in the duty structure of synthetic yarns which are detrimental to the growth of this particular sector. His address brought out interesting statistics that required further deliberation and consideration on the part of the Ministry at the earliest in the interest of its growth.

He expects the National Fibre Policy to take adequate care while drawing its plans for the sustainable future of manmade fibre, yarn and fabric industries in India.

Mr Maran in his thanks giving address stressed on the need to develop the domestic markets along with overseas markets since India has been able to overcome global recessionary trends due to its strong domestic markets and consumption.

Showing concern for environment, Mr Maran also said that his Ministry was trying to work out a solution to address the problem of treatment of effluents generated by the textile industries by working in close cooperation with the Environment Ministry.

He also mentioned that the National Fibre Policy would be announced within the next three months and was being framed in close consultation with all the stakeholders.

He strongly advocated the propagation of technical textiles and lamented on the fact that the sector was facing paucity of research within and solicited State Governments to come forward and help in the development of this 'sunrise' sector.

He further said that setting up of “Centres of Excellence in Technical Textiles” was on cards at Gujarat and Tamil Nadu and that his Ministry was in talks with the respective governments.

When asked by Fibre2fashion, about the initiatives being under taken to make “Made in India” brand a success, he said his visits, to Japan and USA to attend trade fairs was a step in that direction and promotional activities would be taken in overseas markets on a big scale in the future.

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