Thiru Dayanidhi Maran releases Agenda for 100 days

June 24, 2009 - India

The deepening of coverage of Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS), expansion of Scheme of Integrated Textiles Parks (SITP), constitution of a Working Group for National Fibre Policy, providing platform for e-marketing of Handloom & Handicrafts, accelerating the revival and modernization of National Textile Corporation (NTC) Mills, expansion of coverage of Health Insurance Scheme for Weavers and Artisans, imparting momentum to Artisans Credit Card Scheme, are the main highlights of the Agenda for 100 days of Ministry of Textiles released by Thiru Dayanidhi Maran.

While releasing the Agenda, Thiru Maran said that Ministry has formulated the Agenda in pursuance of the directions of Hon’ble Prime Minister. He said “the Textiles Sector is the second largest employer after agriculture, accounts for 13.50% of the total merchandise export earning and 4% of the GDP. The Textiles Industry today is passing through a challenging phase.

The implementation of 100 days Action Plan will empower various institutions in the Ministry and the Industry to embrace modern technology and work processes; become more globally competitive; build strong brand equity for its products; and consistently achieve higher growth rates than ever in its long history”. These initiatives will maximize the productivity and welfare of stakeholders. Thiru Maran said, “As a result of these specific and targeted initiatives, we will maximize the productivity and welfare of common stakeholders”.

HIGHLIGHTS OF AGENDA FOR 100 DAYS
- Inauguration of two Integrated Textiles Parks under SITP
- Expansion of converge of TUFS to benefit the decentralized sector
- Constitution of Working Group for National Fibre Policy
- Launch of Programme to train 50, 000 weavers
- 1.5 lakh weavers to be provided Health Insurance coverage
- 1 lakh artisans to be trained for capacity development
- 1.5 lakh artisans to be provided ID cards
- Marketing of handcrafted products through network of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
- To popularise jute shopping bags and made-ups in metros
- e-marketing of handlooms and handicrafts
- Seven modernized NTC Mills to be made operational

The salient features of the 100 Days Agenda are as follows:
(i) Workshop for Senior Officers on Result based Performance Management.
The Ministry of the Textiles will organize a Workshop on result-based performance management system for all the Senior Officers of the Ministry.

(ii) Scheme for Integrated Textiles Parks (SITP).
In the coming 100 days,
a. Inauguration of two Integrated Textile Parks.
b. Appraisal by Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) of the proposal for establishing fifteen additional Parks.

(iii) Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS).
The existing initiative of the Ministry will be deepened to expand the coverage of the Scheme to benefit the decentralized sector like Powerloom and Small Scale Sector in a comprehensive manner.

(iv) Working Group for National Fibre Policy.
In the coming 100 days, the Ministry will initiate the constitution of a Working Group for National Fibre Policy comprising all stake-holders of the textiles and fiber value chain. This Group will evolve the policy in a time-bound fashion in consultation with all stake-holders. The Report would be a trend setter for the textiles sector for the coming years.

(v) Cotton Corporation of India and Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Cotton.
In the coming 100 days, the Ministry will make efforts to achieve an additional allocation of Rs. 1,660 crore to CCI to meet out its MSP obligations.

(vi) IT Initiative for E-Marketing.
In the coming 100 days, the Ministry’s website will be updated and made interactive and will host Flagship Schemes/Programmes, Design pool for traditional contemporary crafts with regional languages interface, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) along with Ministry’s response etc. The website will be ready with a complete platform for e-marketing for the first time.

(vii) Revival and Modernisation of National Textile Corporation (NTC).

In the coming 100 days,
(i) Three Mills viz. Tata Mills, India United Mill No. 5 and Podar Mills in Mumbai will be inaugurated (in August 2009). (These composite mills have been modernized by NTC at a cost of Rs. 73.10 crore).
(ii) Coimbatore Murugan Mills, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu (This composite mill has been modernized by NTC at a cost of Rs. 7.61 crore).
(iii) Cambodia Mills, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu ( Modernisation cost of this Spinning Mill is Rs. 13.04 crore)
(iv) Pankaja Mills, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu ( Modernisation cost of this Spinning Mill is Rs. 16 crore)
(v) Sri Rangavilas S&W Mills, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu (Modernisation cost of this Spinning Mill is Rs. 27.70 crore)
(viii) Finalisation of Action Plan for Promotional Activities of all Export Promotion Councils/Bodies.

In coming 100 days, the Ministry will promote Mega Show in Japan (International Fashion Fair) in July 2009. Japan is one of the biggest consumers of textiles and clothing, but India has a very negligible market share (US $ 327 million in 2007 representing 1.12% of Japan’s total textiles imports). The Mega Show in Japan will showcase products of 44 textiles exporters with focus on synthetics and cotton fabric. In all, 50 booths have been booked for this International Fashion Fair and the Ministry will provide over Rs.3 crore to exporters for participation in the Fair.

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