NEW Tex­tile Pol­icy for Gu­jarat Be­fore Elec­tions Po­lit­i­cal Gim­mick or Se­ri­ous Busi­ness Goals ?

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Just be­fore Gu­jarat elec­tions, the Gu­jarat gov­ern­ment has aanpn po au renl­cpe do lgicayr2m0e1n7t. sm& o st ly go­ing de­moni­ti­sa­tion through a and rough GST, patch Gu­jarat post tex­tile and ap­parel in­dus­try feels that the elec­tions tex­tile in­dus­try is just which an eye­wash is go­ing to calm through the a very di­fi­cult time. The pol­icy was, en­vis­ages an­nounced achiev­ing by Gu­jarat the CM com­plete Vi­jay Ru­pani tex­tile farm and gar­ment to ibre, value ibre to chain fab­ric, of 5Fs fab­ric from to fash­ion, and fash­ion to for­eign mar­kets.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the de­ci­sion was taken to en­cour­age new in­vest­ments in gar­ment mak­ing as the state has many ad­van­tages that can be a big boost for ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing. Be­ing the largest cot­ton pro­ducer Gu­jarat is al­ready sup­ply­ing cot­ton to other states. “It is time we en­cour­age our en­trepreneurs to in­vest in gar­ment­ing,” said Ru­pani while mak­ing the an­nounce­ment at a press meet.

Un­der the pol­icy, gar­ment unit own­ers would get in­cen­tive for gen­er­at­ing em­ploy­ment in the form of sub­sidy amount in would wages. be While Rs 3,500 the per sub­sidy month for male work­ers, it would be Rs 4,000 per month for fe­male work­ers.

Gu­jarat al­ready has large spin­ning ca­pac­ity with 25 lakh spin­dles in­stalled and adding weav­ing and gar­ment­ing would com­plete make tex­tiles it pos­si­ble and ap­parel to achieve value the chain. “Our aim is to pro­vide em­ploy­ment to women and cre­ate in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the com­plete value chain from cot­ton to fab­ric to cloth­ing,” said Ru­pani.

Ru­pani also an­nounced set­ting up of 16 new in­dus­trial es­tates un­der the Gu­jarat Cor­po­ra­tion In­dus­trial (GIDC). De­vel­op­ment Ac­cord­ing to him, these GIDCS will un­lock the growth in re­mote ar­eas and SMES. These GIDCS, spread across 2,400 hectares in 16 ac­com­mo­date vil­lages, will have about the 15,000 po­ten­tial fac­to­ries. to gen­er­a­tion The to­tal es­ti­mated is about 100,000.” em­ploy­ment

How­ever, an­nounc­ing pol­icy just few months be­fore the state goes for As­sem­bly elec­tions has been ob­served by most of the in­dus­try play­ers as a po­lit­i­cal move. The state gov­ern­ment has claimed that the pol­icy would cre­ate jobs in gar­ment­ing among small units. The pol­icy aims to re­tain use of cot­ton grown tex­tile value in the chain state by of farm, boost­ing ibre, the fab­ric, fash­ion and for­eign (ex­ports). also Ear­lier ex­tended the the state ex­ist­ing gov­ern­ment tex­tile had pol­icy have in Gu­jarat oth­er­wise by one ex­pired year which this year would in Septem­ber.

Gu­jarat is an en­ter­pris­ing State on a con­stant look­out for new op­por­tu­ni­ties. The state has been a pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion for in­vestors be­cause of its strate­gic lo­ca­tion, state-of-the-art in­fra­struc­ture, ro­bust in­dus­try ecosys­tem, con­ducive poli­cies and proac­tive gov­er­nance. On new in­dus­trial es­tates and parks, Ru­pani said that the new lo­ca­tions se­lected for set­ting up new es­tates were from the ar­eas which had no in­dus­trial base.

Un­der the pol­icy, gar­ment unit own­ers would get in­cen­tive for gen­er­at­ing em­ploy­ment in the form of sub­sidy in wages. While the sub­sidy amount would be Rs 3,500 per month for male work­ers, it would be Rs 4,000 per month for fe­male work­ers.

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