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Seminar by TAI Mumbai has a grand success
Sep '10
The Textile Association (India), Mumbai Unit organized a Half Day Seminar on "New Opportunities for Bhiwandi Processors” in Bhiwandi on August 26, 2010. The Chief Guest was Mr. S. Balaraju, Jt. Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India and the Guest of Honour was Mr. Vinod Khetrapal, Director, Bombay Crimpers Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. V. C. Gupte, Chairman, TAI, Mumbai Unit welcomed the Chief Guest Mr. S. Balaraju, Jt. Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, Guest of Honour Mr. Vinod Khetrapal, Director, Bombay Crimpers Pvt. Ltd., speakers and delegates.

Mr. C. Bose, President, TAI, Mumbai Unit delivered the presidential address and highlighted the importance of the present event.

Mr. Arun K. Narkar, Jt. Hon. Secretary, TAI, Mumbai Unit and Convener of the seminar gave the brief of the event and said in his speech that inspired by Govt.'s initiation of Textile Clusters Development program, TAI, Mumbai Unit organized Seminars in Tarapur, Vapi and now in Bhiwandi clusters. The main aim to organize Seminar at Bhiwandi was Technical Upgradation in processing and bringing awareness to global challenges, pollution control / eco norms and safety. Topics of the papers presented were decided after discussion with Senior Technicians in Bhiwandi keeping in mind the need of this region.

Mr. Vinod Khetrapal, Director, Bombay Crimpers Pvt. Ltd. while addressing the gathering expressed his happiness being Vice President of Bhiwandi Textile Processors Association for the seminar organized by TAI, Mumbai Unit for the benefit of textile processors in Bhiwandi. It gives opportunities to have interactions with technicians as well as dyestuffs & chemicals manufacturers in order to solve their technical problems and to improve quality to required standards. He expressed his desire to have regular such seminars and advised processors to take benefit of this. Bhiwandi is potential territory for shirting and there is lot of scope for infrastructure / ecological improvement.

Mr. S. Balaraju, Jt. Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India in his inaugural address said that competency development is crucial for survival in today's competition in textile processing industry. Lack of proper infrastructure in Bhiwandi Cluster, there is need for modernization of processing machines and technical upgradation to stand against upcoming challenges.

Govt. has already brought some schemes for development of processing industry. Technological Upgradation Fund (TUF) Scheme amounting Rs. 8000 /- crore for 8 years is closed as completed within three years. The Ministry of Textiles has launched a scheme “Integrated Skill Development Scheme” with the primary mandate of enhancing, supporting Institutions to build capacity for skill development.

The average cost per trainee (for the government) to be borne through the Scheme would be approximately Rs.7300/-. The Govt will meet 75% of the total cost of the project, and balance 25% would be met from Fee/ Industry Contribution.

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