GJEPC Opens Com­mon Fa­cil­ity Cen­tre In Palan­pur

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The Gem & Jew­ellery Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil (GJEPC) said the sec­ond Com­mon Fa­cil­ity Cen­tre (CFC) was in­au­gu­rated in Palan­pur by Nir­mala Sithara­man, min­is­ter of state (in­de­pen­dent charge) for com­merce & in­dus­try, and Harib­hai Chaud­hary, min­is­ter of state for Mi­cro, Small & Medium En­ter­prises (MSME), on July 10th.

The first CFC was set up in Vis­na­gar, Gu­jarat, and GJEPC has fur­ther plans to open two more CFCs at Am­reli and Ahmed­abad.

Sithara­man said, “From be­ing the largest man­u­fac­tur­ing hub, In­dia needs to move to the next level, where in­dige­nous de­signs are used in pro­duc­tion of jew­ellery and at the same time, caters to the needs of the world mar­ket. With the fa­cil­i­ties like the CFCs in Vis­na­gar and now in Palan­pur, I am sure we have taken the start and are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion to achieve our goal. The in­dus­try needs to come up with such ini­tia­tives where the small and medium units get the op­por­tu­nity to com­bine their skills with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and fa­cil­i­ties for max­i­mum pro­duc­tion.”

Chaud­hary added, “Our aim is to make the lat­est tech­nol­ogy avail­able, ac­ces­si­ble to the MSMEs, and at the same time im­prove qual­ity of prod­ucts. CFCs would be a wel­come change for the kari­gars, and an op­por­tu­nity for them to per­form at their best with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy which are ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able. I am sure the in­dus­try will take ad­van­tage of the CFCs and bring a huge dif­fer­ence to their pro­duc­tion in terms of quan­tity as well as qual­ity.”

Kirit Bhansali, co-con­vener, di­a­mond panel, GJEPC, said, “CFCs would be of huge ben­e­fit to small and medium di­a­mond man­u­fac­tur­ing units lo­cated in towns and in­te­rior vil­lages, since most of th­ese units are op­er­at­ing with old and out­dated tech­nol­ogy, and could not af­ford to make in­vest­ments for in­stalling state-of-the-art equip­ment. And this has re­sulted in lower pro­duc­tiv­ity and af­fected qual­ity to an ex­tent.”

The set­ting up of CFCs is an am­bi­tious project of GJEPC and a “Make in In­dia” ini­tia­tive. The GJEPC has plans to set up such CFCs across all ma­jor clus­ters in In­dia, thus help­ing to im­prove the qual­ity and pro­duc­tiv­ity of small units.

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