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Gov­ern­ment to launch New Mis­sion for Tech­ni­cal Tex­tiles There is a need to stream­line the process of stan­dard­iza­tion for faster de­vel­op­ment of the stan­dards in the area of tech­ni­cal tex­tiles, de­velop the sec­tor in­dige­nously and ful­fil the do­mes­tic re­quire

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Ku­mar Singh, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Tex­tiles, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, has un­der­lined the need to stream­line the process of stan­dard­iza­tion for faster de­vel­op­ment of the stan­dards in the area of tech­ni­cal tex­tiles, de­velop the sec­tor in­dige­nously and ful­fil the do­mes­tic re­quire­ments. It was im­per­a­tive for the stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing in­dus­try, pol­icy mak­ers and re­search in­sti­tutes to work in close col­lab­o­ra­tion and also sug­gest ways to make the process of de­vel­op­ing stan­dards for tech­ni­cal tex­tiles faster.

He also said that the Gov­ern­ment will soon launch the new mis­sion for tech­ni­cal tex­tiles. The ear­lier mis­sion has com­pleted its pe­riod.

In­au­gu­rat­ing the third edi­tion of Na­tional Con­clave on Stan­dards on Tech­ni­cal Tex­tiles or­gan­ised jointly by the Min­istry of Tex­tiles, Bureau of In­dia Stan­dards (BIS) and FICCI, in New Delhi, Novem­ber 2, 2017, Singh said that eight com­mit­tees had been formed at the Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lences in In­dia to ex­pe­dite the process of de­vel­op­ing stan­dards. These com­mit­tees in­clud­ing in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives help in iden­ti­fy­ing the ar­eas in which stan­dards needed

to be for­mu­lated. In­dia had the ca­pa­bil­ity, re­source and mar­ket in the area of tech­ni­cal tex­tiles and the need was to cap­i­tal­ize on these strengths.

The con­clave since its in­cep­tion has been in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing to­gether in­sti­tu­tional buy­ers in var­i­ous seg­ments along with in­dus­try to dis­cuss the stan­dards that needed to be for­mu­lated by BIS on pri­or­ity.

Singh said that the mar­ket of tech­ni­cal tex­tiles was ex­pand­ing rapidly with new prod­ucts be­ing added by the users in var­i­ous in­dus­tries. Thus it was im­per­a­tive to for­mu­late stan­dards to ac­cel­er­ate the growth of the tex­tiles sec­tor. He added that the share of tech­ni­cal tex­tiles in the do­mes­tic tex­tile sec­tor as well as at the global level was very low as com­pared to de­vel­oped coun­tries and this needed to be ad­dressed.

Su­rina Ra­jan, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, BIS, said that in ex­ports, In­dia has to move to more value added prod­ucts and tex­tiles were no ex­cep­tion. There was a need to at least dou­ble In­dia's vol­ume of pro­duc­tion and ex­ports. BIS has a sup­port­ive role in terms of stan­dard set­ting which fa­cil­i­tates in­dus­try. Since 2014, BIS has added 104 In­dian stan­dards to the pre-ex­ist­ing num­ber of 190 stan­dards for this sec­tor. Cur­rently, the fo­cus is on 45 new tech­ni­cal tex­tile sub­jects. For mov­ing fast and do­ing use­ful work, she called upon the stake­hold­ers to par­tic­i­pate ac­tively in the stan­dard­iza­tion work.

Shishir Jaipuria, Chair­man, FICCI Tex­tiles Com­mit­tee, said that stan­dard­iza­tion was a pre-req­ui­site for manda­tory use of tech­ni­cal tex­tiles, wher­ever nec­es­sary. Manda­tory use of fire re­tar­dant tex­tiles in public places like mul­ti­plexes, malls, public build­ings, etc., will go a long way in in­creas­ing safety of the public at large. Sim­i­larly, pro­mot­ing the use of new med­i­cal tex­tile and hy­giene re­lated tech­ni­cal tex­tiles will con­trib­ute im­mensely to the health and hy­giene in hos­pi­tals and would re­duce cross in­fec­tions con­sid­er­ably.

On this oc­ca­sion, the fol­low­ing 10 BIS stan­dards re­lated to Agro­tex­tiles, Pack­ag­ing Tex­tiles and Med­i­cal Tex­tiles were re­leased by Singh and Ra­jan: IS 16703:2017 'Tex­tiles- High den­sity poly­eth­yl­ene (HDPE)/polypropy­lene (PP) wo­ven sacks for pack­ag­ing of 25 kg poly­mer ma­te­ri­als -Spec­i­fi­ca­tion' IS 16709:2017 'Tex­tiles - Polypropy­lene (PP) wo­ven, lam­i­nated, block bot­tom valve sacks for pack­ag­ing of 50kg ce­ment — Spec­i­fi­ca­tion' IS 16627:2017 'Agro tex­tiles- High den­sity poly­eth­yl­ene (HDPE) lam­i­nated wo­ven lay flat tube for use in mains and sub­mains of drip ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem- Spec­i­fi­ca­tion' IS 16718:2017 'Tex­tiles- Polypropy­lene spun bonded non-wo­ven crop cover fab­ric for agri­cul­tural and hor­ti­cul­tural ap­pli­ca­tions - Spec­i­fi­ca­tion' IS 7903:2017 'Tex­tiles - Tarpaulins made from high den­sity poly­eth­yl­ene (HDPE) wo­ven fab­rics - Spec­i­fi­ca­tion (Fifth revision)' IS 11652:2017 'Tex­tiles - High den­sity poly­eth­yl­ene (HDPE)/polypropy­lene (PP) wo­ven sacks for pack­ag­ing of 50 kg ce­ment - Spec­i­fi­ca­tion (Third revision)' IS 16668 : 2017 'Med­i­cal Tex­tiles - Sal­i­cylic Acid Ad­he­sive Plas­ter - Spec­i­fi­ca­tion' IS 16669 : 2017 'Med­i­cal Tex­tiles - Elas­tic Ad­he­sive Dress­ing - Spec­i­fi­ca­tion' IS 16670 : 2017 'Med­i­cal Tex­tiles - Ab­sorbent Cot­ton Rib­bon Gauze - Spec­i­fi­ca­tion' IS 16671 : 2017 'Med­i­cal Tex­tiles - Bel­ladonna Ad­he­sive Plas­ter - Spec­i­fi­ca­tion'

The share of tech­ni­cal tex­tiles in the do­mes­tic tex­tile sec­tor as well as at the global level is very low com­pared to de­vel­oped coun­tries and this needs to be ad­dressed.

Anant Ku­mar Singh, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Tex­tiles, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, in con­ver­sa­tion with Su­rina Ra­jan, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, BIS.

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