Soon, aggressive textile policy for upliftment of cotton industry


SURAT: Chief minister Narendra Modiannounced that the state government is in the process of formulating an aggressive textile policy for the upliftment of the cotton textile industry and taking the ‘made in Gujarat’ brand to the foreign shores. 

Modi said the government is working on five ‘F’- farm, fibre, fabric, fashion and foreign. 

“We are the leading cotton producing state in the country. Now we want to transform the state’s cotton industry as a leader in yarn manufacturing, cloth manufacturing, readymade garment manufacturing and later we will reach out to the world market with our products,” he said. 

“Why there is a need to export our cotton? All the cotton produced will pass from different stages of manufacturing in the state itself and then we will capture the world market. We want the world buyers to flock to Gujarat in search of readymade garments,” he added. 

Interestingly, Modi himself had hit out at the UPA government for banning cotton exports recently. 

Modi’s announcement has not gone down well with the textile entrepreneurs, weavers and industrialists in the city. Reason: Surat is the country’s biggest man-made fibre industry and it is facing a tough competition from the cotton yarn and cotton garments in the domestic as well as international markets. 

“The aggressive policy for textile as announced by the CM is only for the cotton sector. Surat is a man-made fibre hub and there is nothing for us to welcome the announcement,” said a leading textile entrepreneur 

He added, “The formulation of the new textile policy for cotton by the state government would put the city’s man-made fibre hub at risk. Many industrialists, weavers and entrepreneurs may turn to cotton-based textile production instead of using polyester yarn.”

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Tripura govt announces steps to boost silk production


In view of soaring demand for its silk in local as well as international markets, the government of Tripura, a state in North-eastern India, has decided to introduce powerlooms at the state-owned silk producing units to enhance their productivity, Handloom and Industries Minister Jitendra Chowdhury said.

Earlier, only the neighbouring states sought Tripura silk, but now there is demand even in foreign countries, the Minister said. He added that the government is emphasizing on increasing the production of silk moth and upgrading state-run production units with powerlooms in place of hand looms.

The state’s silk turnover has increased almost 100 percent this year compared to last year, which enabled the state government to earn Rs. 10 million in revenues, the Minister said.

Mr. Chowdhury stated that mulberry cultivation is undertaken on around 3,352 acres of land in the state by around 7,000 cultivators, and the state is actively trying to increase this area.

The government intends to raise production of silk sarees in government-run units from 3,969 pieces to 8,750 pieces, this year, and has also decided to boost value addition through introduction of new designs, the Minister said.

According to an expert in textile designing, increased value addition calls for preparation and application of more beautiful designs, and local entrepreneurs should be motivated on this front.

17 textile units stop operations in SIPCOT


Erode,May 18 (PTI) Seventeen textile dyeing units in SIPCOT Industrial Growth Centre at Perundurai stopped operations after the 90-day time limit granted by the Pollution Control Board lapsed on Wednesday, PCB officials said today. An official said 18 months ago, PCB had ordered the closure of the 17 textile units for “flouting” PCB rules. They approached the court and on its direction, they approached the PCB who granted 90 days time to enable them fulfil pollution control norms. Claiming that they have fulfilled PCB norms, Textile unit sources said they will again approach PCB seeking a permanent license to start operations. Meanwhile, it was stated that the PCB will monitor the pollution level periodically and criminal action would be taken for any violations like discharge of untreated effluents into water bodies.

Karnataka woos textile industries from Tamil Nadu


Coimbatore: Highlighting the problem being faced by textile industry in Tamil Nadu, such as power and pollution, Karnataka has invited entrepreneurs to invest in that State.

Inaugurating a ‘global investors meet’, a roadshow to showcase advantages for the industries investing in Karnataka, on Friday, Karnataka Textile minister, R Varthur Prakash, said Government has brought out innovative schemes to attract investment in the textile sector.

There was no no power cut in the State and availability of labour was in plenty, he said, adding, Karnataka did not have any pollution related issues for processing sector The policy ‘Suvarna Vastra Neethi’, was framed in such a way, understanding the requirements of textile entrepreneurs from Tamil Nadu, Prakash said.

Karnataka woos textile industries from Tamil Nadu
 

Karnataka has seen an approximate new investment of more than Rs 2,700 crore during the last policy period, with more than Rs 2,800 crore investments in the pipeline, a release, quoting him, said on Saturday.

US: Wal-Mart launches Women in Factories programme


Wal-Mart will look to empower women working for its suppliers

Wal-mart  has today (5 March) announced the launch of its Women in Factories programme, a five-year initiative that will empower 60,00 women working in its supplier factories in India, Bangladesh, China and Central America.

The scheme will teach women critical life skills related to communication, hygiene, reproductive health, occupational health and safety, identifying personal strengths and gender sensitivity. Up to 8,000 women will also receive leadership training to develop the work and life skills necessary for personal and career development.

The programme will be rolled out to 150 factories in India, Bangladesh, China and Central America over the next five years, initially launching in Bangladesh and India in 2012. The programme was designed and implemented in collaboration with CARE in Bangladesh and SWASTI in India, and will be evaluated by Northwestern University in partnership with DAI and Mission Measurement.

Meredith Menhennett, senior manager of ethical sourcing at Wal-Mart, and in charge of the training programme, told just-style that Wal-Mart will fund the programme for two years, and that after the two years, it expects the programme to become self sustaining.

“During the two years of funding that the foundation give, the first round of training will be conducted by our NGO partners, and at the same time they will be teaching and mentoring the HR team to continue the programme,” says Menhennett.

“The second round of leadership will be conducted by the factory with the active support and teaching of the NGO partners. And they will continue to have the NGO and and Wal-Mart’s support.”

While the Wal-Mart is emphasising the social benefits it expects to see through the programme, it also expects that there will be business impacts as well. Menhennett highlighted how the nutrition, programme, for example, will help to reduce illness and worker absenteeism, which will have a positive impact on the companies they’re working for.

“Empowering women not only improves their lives but it is also good for customers and business across the industry,” says Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president of Home for Walmart. “By educating and empowering women in factories and creating a stronger supply chain, suppliers realise greater efficiencies in their factories, which should result in higher quality products, lower prices and more reliable product availability for customers.”