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Govt yet to implement textile policy in true spirit
May '10
The Ministry of Textile has yet to commence with the Rs 8 billion skill establishment program for industrial labourers for the current financial year 2009-10, despite receiving the Prime Minister's nod on Textile Policy 2009-14 and the following orders for its righteous implementation.

As per sources, the federal cabinet in co-ordination with the Prime Minister had given a green signal on the Textile Policy on August 12, 2009, so as to establish skilled workforce for the textile industry, to improve the nation's socio-economic development. However, the program was then not introduced due to a lackadaisical approach of the federal authorities.

For initializing this program, the Centre had also kept aside Rs 1 billion under the federal government's Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) 2009-10, which was to operate through public-private-partnership (PPP). But not a single dime has been utilised as yet in this director, informed the sources.

Over 50 percent of the nation's total export revenue is generated by the textile sector, informed the sources. During the current fiscal, the overall export was $9.6 billion and 46 percent share was held by manufacturing sectors.

Amongst the textile sector, apparels are the most labour-oriented, and therefore it adds highest value and provides larger levels of jobs. Therefore, in order to attain the objective of high value-added exports, sources said that, there was an immediate requirement to initiate the program so as to improve labourer's skills in areas of pattern designing and cutting, quality stitching, quality assurance line supervisors and packaging, averred sources.

Of late, the Planning Commission proposed to the governments of Sindh, Khyper Pakhtoonkhwa, Punjab and Balochistan, the skill development program for textile industry workforce, so as to receive any suggestions or objections for the same. This will then be passed on to the Centre Development Working Party (CDWP) for their final nod.

Under the skill enhancement program, about 500,000 workforces will receive training with active participation of atleast 60 percent women. More so, a network of job link training units will also be established for apparel production.

The program will be functional from across the country on PPP basis and the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) in Lahore, Faisalabad and Karachi will keep an eye on the procedures.

On top of it, a salary of about Rs 3,000 will also be given to trainees, said sources. More so, again an amount of about Rs 1 billion is likely to get sanctioned in the new budget and work on the program may commence after budget 2010-11 is declared.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India

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