GJEPC Opens Common Facility Centre In Palanpur
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manufacturing units located in towns and interior villages, since most of these units are operating with old and outdated technology, and could not afford to make investments for installing state-of-the-art equipment.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.