Rajasthan will have a satellite centre of the country’s top design institute, Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Friday, hoping to boost a flourishing textile industry in the state famous for its unique traditional motifs.
The announcement by Sitharaman, the Union minister of state for commerce and industry, came on the concluding day of the Resurgent Rajasthan business summit where Union minister Kalraj Mishra declared plans to set up ‘incubation centres’ for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) units in all 33 districts of the state.
The summit – attended by a host of was top industrialists of the country – was organised jointly by the state government and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Sitharaman said that the proposed satellite centre of the Ahmedabad-based National Institute of Design (NID) could even be upgraded into a full-fledged and self-sufficient institute in the future.
The NID will begin post-graduate classes from the next academic session, she said.
Rajasthan’s textile industry, which employs lakhs of people in several districts, has an estimated annual turnover of around Rs 17,200 crore while total exports of yarn and fabric is pegged at around Rs 3,350 crore.
The state is known for its colourful block printing, a traditional way of adding local designs on fabric, Kota is famous for its embroidered saris known as ‘doriyas’.
Sitharaman also praised chief minister Vasundhara Raje for her attempts to “restore the state its due place” after the sluggishness of past years and said that within one-and-a-half years in power, Raje has been able to achieve the 6th ranking for the state on the “ease of doing business parameters”.
Stating that job creation and revival of the growth trajectory were the key focus areas of the NDA government, the minister said India’s growth story had taken a beating in the last ten years.
“But the country’s image as an investment destination was being revived on account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s overseas visits,” she said.
She also held out hope for Rajasthan, saying that enunciation of industry-friendly policies by the central and state governments and the progress being made in regard to the development of the western freight corridor and the Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor, the state was poised to emerge as the “dynamo of India’s growth”.