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Sec­re­tary Tex­tiles, Shri Anant Ku­mar Singh In­au­gu­rates Five-Day Hand­i­craft and Gifts Fair To­day

Sec­re­tary Tex­tiles, Shri Anant Ku­mar Singh to­day in­au­gu­rated the 45th edi­tion of IHGF-Delhi Fair at In­dia Expo Cen­tre & Mart, Greater Noida. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, he said hand­i­crafts sec­tor plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in the coun­try’s econ­omy and pro­vides em­ploy­ment to a vast seg­ment of craft-per­sons in ru­ral and semi-ur­ban ar­eas and gen­er­ates sub­stan­tial for­eign ex­change for the coun­try while pre­serv­ing its cul­tural her­itage. He added that hand­i­crafts have great po­ten­tial as they hold the key for sus­tain­ing not only the ex­ist­ing set of mil­lions of ar­ti­sans spread over length and breadth of the coun­try but also for the in­creas­ingly large num­ber of new en­trants in the craft ac­tiv­ity. The 70 lakh ar­ti­sans from var­i­ous craft clus­ters who are en­gaged in pro­duc­tion of hand­i­crafts are the back­bone of the hand­i­crafts sec­tor. Shri Singh also shared his ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing his visit to the re­cently held Am­bi­ente-2018 in Frank­furt and said that prod­ucts dis­played by more than 400 hand­i­crafts ex­porters were no less than the best in the world and fur­ther said that Messe Frank­furt has de­clared In­dia as a part­ner coun­try for Am­bi­ente -2019. The Tex­tiles Sec­re­tary, fur­ther elab­o­rated that Min­istry of Tex­tiles has im­ple­mented var­i­ous projects in pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the craft per­sons and ex­porters. The growth in ex­ports ul­ti­mately re­sults in gen­er­a­tion of em­ploy­ment in this de­cen­tral­ized sec­tor of econ­omy and im­prov­ing liv­ing stan­dards of poor craft-per­sons en­gaged in pro­duc­tion of hand­i­crafts, he added. Shri Singh also ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of the Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil for Hand­i­crafts for cre­at­ing such a mar­ket­ing plat­form in the form of IHGF-Delhi fair for the hand­i­crafts sec­tor. Ms. Ni­co­lette Nau­mann, Vice Pres­i­dent, Messe Frank­furt, Shri Rad­hey Shyam Ranga, Pres­i­dent Fair, Shri O.P. Prahladka, Chair­manEPCH, Shri R.K. Passi, Shri Sa­gar Me­hta, Vice Chair­men-EPCH, ex­porters, over­seas buy­ers were among oth­ers present, dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony.

Min­istry of Tex­tiles Spe­cial Fo­cus on The North East Re­gion

Devel­op­ment and mod­ern­iza­tion of the tex­tile sec­tor in the North Eastern states is be­ing given the high­est pri­or­ity by the Min­istry of Tex­tiles said Sm­riti Zu­bin Irani, Union Min­is­ter of Tex­tiles, to­day. This will create more jobs, es­pe­cially for women of that re­gion and also lead to en­hance­ment of the in­fra­struc­ture of North Eastern states like roads, power, wa­ter sup­ply and con­struc­tion of of­fices. There are 23.77 lakh hand looms in the coun­try of which 16.47 lakh hand looms (69.28%) are in the North East re­gion as per the hand­loom cen­sus of 2009-10. Twenty-one ready-made gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing units are fully op­er­a­tional in the 7 states of the North East: As­sam, Arunachal Pradesh, Ma­nipur, Megha­laya, Na­ga­land, Mi­zo­ram and Tripura. These units have given a boost to the tex­tile in­dus­try in the North East and have seen an in­crease in the ex­port of ready-made gar­ments from the North East Re­gion. Rs. 690 crore has been utilised for the devel­op­ment of ser­i­cul­ture in the re­gion. Three fac­to­ries have be­come fully op­er­a­tional in each of the 7 states in a record time of 2 years. Each fac­tory em­ploys around 1200 peo­ple, mainly women. The fac­to­ries are owned by lo­cal en­trepreneur­s and agen­cies like the Cloth­ing Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia, Arvind Mills and Ap­parel Ex­port

Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil are plac­ing or­ders of ready-made gar­ments with these units. The spe­cific ob­jec­tives of the Min­istry is to in­crease the value of tex­tile pro­duc­tion, tech­no­log­i­cal upgra­da­tion, im­prove­ment in ca­pa­bil­ity, bet­ter ac­cess to do­mes­tic mar­kets and clus­ter­i­za­tion. The Tex­tile Min­istry has pro­vided Rs.18 crore funds to each ready-made gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing unit called "Ap­parel Gar­ment Unit"(AGU). The Na­tional Build­ing Con­struc­tion Cor­po­ra­tion has con­structed the units in the­ses 7 states. The gar­ments man­u­fac­tured here are be­ing ex­ported not only to other parts of the coun­try but also to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries as some North East states have trade ties with Bangladesh and Myan­mar. The states govern­ment pro­vided 1.5 acres land to set-up the units.

Re­clas­si­fi­ca­tion of MSMEs will help man­u­fac­tur­ing: Tex­tiles Min­is­ter

Min­is­ter of Tex­tiles Sm­riti Zu­bin Irani said that re­clas­si­fi­ca­tion of MSMEs and 5 per­cent re­duc­tion in tax on an­nual turnover of com­pa­nies up to Rs. 250 crore will help man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­crease em­ploy­a­bil­ity in tex­tiles sec­tor. Brief­ing me­dia here to­day she said in­crease in cus­toms duty on silk and man­made fi­bre will dis­cour­age cheap Chi­nese tex­tile prod­ucts from flood­ing the mar­ket and ben­e­fit do­mes­tic man­u­fac­tur­ers in the power loom sec­tor. Of the Rs. 6000 crore spe­cial pack­age, which was an­nounced in 2016, for the tex­tiles sec­tor, Rs. 1800 crore have al­ready been re­leased and Rs. 300 crore will be re­leased dur­ing the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year, the Min­is­ter in­formed. She also spoke about 100 % in­crease in al­lo­ca­tion for skill devel­op­ment in Tex­tiles sec­tor. The cor­rec­tion in the GST rates on hand made and ma­chine made gar­ments has cre­ated ease of do­ing busi­ness in these sec­tors, the Min­is­ter said. GST rate has been re­duced on yarn from 18% to 12% and GST on job work has been brought down from 18% to 5%. Sup­port for mer­chan­dise scheme has been en­hanced from 2% to 5% for the ap­parel sec­tor. Smt. Irani at­trib­uted 16 per­cent growth in ap­parel sec­tor to the ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of sub­sidy schemes. Rs.138 crore has been dis­bursed to 28000 weavers as Mu­dra loan and 1.8 lakh gar­ment work­ers have for­mally joined Em­ploy­ees Prov­i­dent Fund Or­gan­i­sa­tion (EPFO). The Min­is­ter fur­ther said that the sec­ond round of Hastkala Shivirs will be or­gan­ised in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try with spe­cial fo­cus on North East re­gion from 19th to 24th of this month. She has also writ­ten to Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in these camps in or­der to en­cour­age weavers. The Tex­tiles Min­is­ter along with se­nior of­fi­cials of the Min­istry will be a part of these camps. In the first round, 394 camps were held in 247 dis­tricts across the coun­try from 7th to 17th of Oc­to­ber last year.

Sec­re­tary Tex­tiles, Shri Anant Ku­mar Singh

Ms. Ni­co­lette Nau­mann, Vice Pres­i­dent, Messe Frank­furt

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