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Measures to promote textile industry

Mar '07
The Working Group on Textiles & Jute Industry for the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012) has studied the major problems being faced by the textile industry which include:

• Structural weaknesses in weaving and processing,
• Fragmented and technologically backward textile processing sector,
• Fragmented garment industry,
• Rigid labour laws,
• Inadequate capacity of the domestic textile machinery manufacturing sector,
• Inadequate training facilities in textile sector, and
• Infrastructural bottlenecks in terms of power, utility, road transport etc.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Textiles, Shri E.V.K.S. Elangovan in a reply to a question by Shri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao in Lok Sabha.

He further stated that the Government has undertaken a series of progressive measures like introduction of Technology Mission on Cotton (TMC), Technology Upgradaiton fund Scheme (TUFS), Scheme for Integrated Textile Park (SITP), reduction in customs duty on import of state-of-the-art machinery, Debt Restructuring Scheme, setting up of Apparel Training and Design Centres (ATDCs), 100% Foreign Direct Investment in the textile sector under automatic route, setting up of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) etc, for upgrading and strengthening the textile sector in India.

From time to time, in consultation with all stakeholders, Government modifies these schemes so as to achieve better results through improved deliveryof programmes/schemes. These progressive measures have helped the textile sector to achieve improved growth in production; enhanced productivity and a larger share of textile export market in the world.

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