Union minister of state for textile Santosh Kumar Gangwar on Monday said the Centre has approved seven textile parks in Rajasthan under the scheme for integrated textile parks (SITP) to generate jobs and attract investments.
The Union minister said Rajasthan’s textile sector is moving in the right direction. “Therefore, seven textile parks have been approved with an assistance of Rs 40 crore for each SITP to Rajasthan,” Gangwar said, while speaking at the inaugural function of Vastra-2015, an international textile and apparel fair, being held at Sitapura in Jaipur.
Vastra-2015 is being organised by the Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Ltd (RIICO). The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is co-organiser of the event, which is supported by the Government of Rajasthan and the Union Ministry of Textiles.
Gangwar said a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) has been approved for textile industries in Balotara (Barmer). Besides, an early approval will be given for projects preventing textile related pollution in Pali, Bhilwara and Sanganer in Jaipur. “Rajasthan will make its own identity in textiles,” he added.
Speaking about skill development, Gangwar said, “We have a large number of engineers, but there is shortage of skilled manpower like plumber and carpenter. The supporting staff is not available in many sectors of industries.”
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Vasundhara Raje said among the many strengths of Rajasthan, one is textile. “While Jaipur is famous for readymade garments and apparel, Bhilwara produces nearly half of the country’s poly viscose suiting,” she added.
Raje said apart from Bagru and Sanganer, there are other significant textile hubs like Banswara, Jodhpur, Pali, Balotra and Kishangarh in Rajasthan.
She outlined the recent doing away with redundant acts and rules, and amending labour laws.
“This has had a great impact on the business and the industrial environment,” she said, adding, “Rajasthan has been ranked sixth among the top states in India for ease of doing business. In another ranking, the Reserve Bank of India has placed Rajasthan at third position for inviting investment after Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. All this was possible only because of the positive and proactive steps and measures being taken to create an investor-friendly environment. We will aim for first position in years to come.”
RIICO managing director and principal secretary (industries), Veenu Gupta said since inception of Vastra in 2012, business and number of foreign buyers have been continuously growing at the fair. “In 2012, Vastra did business of US$ 62 million, followed by 70 US$ in 2013 and US$ 85 million in 2014,” he said.
Rajasthan industry minister GS Kheenvsar said the state is now offering favourable trade services like open window and relaxation in tax regime to new investors. FICCI secretary general A Didar Singh gave the vote of thanks.
State to host heritage fashion show in Dec
Rajasthan chief minister Raje on Monday announced to organise a heritage fashion show in Jaipur. The first fashion show, to be held in December, will showcase traditional textile like Khadi and Kota Doria among others, she said.
Raje also invited the participants and delegates to be a part of Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit, to be held on November 19 and 20.
A memorandum of understanding worth Rs 300 crore was also signed between NK Agarwal, director, VICO Infrastructure, Anaadih Group, Kolkata and RIICO managing director Veenu Gupta during the inaugural session. As per the MoU, a specialised garment park will be set up at Prahaladpura in Jaipur and provide employment to over 6,000 people.