Skill Development a Priority for Textiles Sector
FICCI hosted an industry meet – 'Technotex 2018' – on 24 May 2018 in Bengaluru prior to Technotex 2018, the 7th edition of international exhibition and conference on technical textiles, to be held in Mumbai on 28-29 June 2018. A common platform for interaction amongst stakeholders from across the global technical textile value chain, Technotex exemplifies immense potential for trade and investment between India and other countries in the technical textile sector. The meet witnessed a discussion on the current state of the textile industry and the steps needed to ensure continuous growth of the sector.
Anant Kumar Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, said, 'Technical textile is a sunrise sector in India and is growing at a CAGR of 12 per cent per annum. We need to create awareness about the immense potential of this sector, develop the sector, suffice the skill gap and bring investments in the country. Skill development is the priority area for textiles sector.' In December 2017, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, has given its approval for a new skill development scheme from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with an outlay of INR1300 crore. The scheme titled 'Samarth' will have National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) compliant training courses with funding norms as per the Common Norms notified by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). The objectives of the scheme are to provide demand driven, placementoriented skilling programme to incentivize the efforts of the industry in creating jobs in the organized textile and related sectors.
Anant Kumar Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.