India: Textiles Minister inaugurates Jharkhand’s first ever garment unit
Jharkhand ( India) has got its first ever ‘proper’ export- oriented apparel manufacturing factory. Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani today inaugurated the facility set up by the country’s leading garment exporter Orient Craft.
Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand; Sudhir Dhingra, CMD; and Gaurav Sehgal, Sr. Vice President – Orient Craft, were also present on the occasion.
Orient Craft, which has an annual turnover of Rs. 1,500 crore and works with brands like GAP, M& S, etc., started setting up the factory as part of a pilot project named ‘Momentum Jharkhand’ about 4 months back with support from the State Government.
The newly opened garment unit is in Irba, Ormanjhi Block, nearly 23 kilometres from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. Currently, the garment factory has 225 stitching machines.
Furthermore, the apparel exporter is training 900 local youths of Jharkhand who would make a significant contribution to this venture.
“This project is just a beginning. We have a big vision to create employment for almost 15,000 people in the state and that too in one year,” says Sudhir optimistically.
Jharkhand, the emerging garment manufacturing hub of India, considers the garment industry as a highly prospective employment generating domain. The upcoming industrial park at Hotwar, which is supposed to be complete by 2020 and aims at creating 25,000 new jobs, is a shining example of this thought.
The Hotwar Park is spread over 25 acres and will have a capacity of hosting 25-30 apparel factories covering nearly 14 lakh square feet of factory area.
The aforementioned initiatives by the state and leading exporters like Orient Craft will further support Jharkhand in making it big in the garment industry.
Inaugural ceremony of Orient Craft Limited in Jharkhand