Sig­nif­i­cant Num­ber of Tex­tile Mills Close Down in In­dia

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As many as 682 tex­tile mills were closed as on June end this year and 232 of them were in Tamil Nadu. Tex­tiles Min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani told the Lok Sabha 1,399 tex­tile mills were op­er­a­tional as on June 30. All of them are in the non-small scale in­dus­try.

At the end of June, 682 tex­tile mills were closed in the coun­try, she said dur­ing the Ques­tion Hour. Of them, 232 mills were in Tamil Nadu while 85 were in Ma­ha­rash­tra and 60 in Ut­tar Pradesh. As many as 42 such mills are in Haryana. Among the 1,399 op­er­a­tional tex­tile mills, 752 were in Tamil Nadu, fol­lowed by Ma­ha­rash­tra (135) and Andhra Pradesh (112).

As per the Of­fice of the Tex­tiles Com­mis­sioner, 610 cot­ton/man-made fi­bre tex­tile mills (Non SSI) were closed hav­ing 3,00,697 num­bers of work­ers on their pay­roll as on June 30, 2017

Un­der this gov­ern­ment, the tex­tiles in­dus­try saw the largest amount of For­eign Di­rect In­vest­ment (FDI), she said, ad­ding that the GST (Goods and Ser­vices Tax) as well as the labour re­forms have been wel­comed by the in­dus­try. Ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter, un­der the Amended Tech­nol­ogy Upgra­da­tion Fund Scheme (ATUFS), launched last year, there are ben­e­fits in terms of one time cap­i­tal sub­sidy of 15 per cent for the gar­ment­ing and tech­ni­cal tex­tiles seg­ments with a cap of Rs 30 crore which will help in re­viv­ing the sce­nario.

Also The Tex­tiles Min­istry has been im­ple­ment­ing the Tex­tiles Work­ers Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Fund Scheme with ef­fect from Septem­ber 15, 1986. Un­der the scheme, in­terim re­lief is pro­vided to tex­tile work­ers ren­dered un­em­ployed con­se­quent to per­ma­nent clo­sure of pri­vate non-ssi mills.

Be­sides, there is 10 per cent cap­i­tal sub­sidy for seg­ments like weav­ing, pro­cess­ing, jute, silk and hand­loom with a sub­sidy cap of Rs 20 crore for set­ting up new tex­tile units or for ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing units with bench­marked tech­nol­ogy. Re­spond­ing to a query re­lated to closed tex­tile mills in Ma­ha­rash­tra, the min­is­ter said the cen­tre would fully sup­port ini­tia­tives for the in­dus­try taken by the state gov­ern­ment

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