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Action plan in four weeks to push textile sector


 

 

In a bid to enhance competitiveness of the Indian textile sector, an inter-ministerial group will work out an action plan in four weeks based on the recommendation of a High Level Committee on Manufacturing led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.     

"The goal would be to leverage the strengths we have in cotton and other fibres to enhance employment generation and achieve a greater share in global markets, especially in apparel," an official statement detailing the recommendations of the HLCM said.

Manmohan Singh held the meeting of the committee on manufacturing on Tuesday, in New Delhi and hold discussion with Union Minister for Textiles, Kavuru Sambasiva Rao.

Besides Rao, the meeting was attended by all the Ministers and officials of departments relating to the manufacturing sector including the Ministers of Science & Technology, Heavy Industry, Civil Aviation, Steel, MSME and the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission.

The meeting was convened to discuss the strategy for boosting competitiveness and output in two important sectors - textiles and steel - and for formulating a long term approach in three strategic industries - civilian aircraft manufacture, electric and hybrid vehicles and advanced materials and composites. 

The discussion centred around the proposals made by the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council which were presented by the Chairman, Dr. V. Krishnamurty. 

The official communique release added that the goal would be to leverage the strengths we have in cotton and other fibres to enhance employment generation and achieve a greater share in global markets, especially in apparel.

The core of the strategy is to facilitate the rapid scaling of competitiveness of the garment segment of the textile sector in the country through a comprehensive package of measures.

Some of the elements of the strategy include having ready availability of work space, having adequate and comfortable housing for workers, having more flexible work timings, leveraging textile clusters and obtaining the best technologies.