Min­istry of Tex­tiles to En­hance Fo­cus on The North East Re­gion

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De­vel­op­ment and mod­ern­iza­tion of the tex­tile sec­tor in the North Eastern states is be­ing given the high­est pri­or­ity by the Min­istry of Tex­tiles. 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. The spe­cific ob­jec­tives of the Min­istry is to in­crease the value of tex­tile pro­duc­tion, tech­no­log­i­cal up-gra­da­tion, im­prove­ment in ca­pa­bil­ity, bet­ter ac­cess to do­mes­tic mar­kets and clus­ter­i­sa­tion. The Tex­tile Min­istry has pro­vided Rs.18 crore fund to each ready­made 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.

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