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