The Textiles Ministry will train 30 lakh people working in handloom, handicraft and garment sector under its skill development programme in the next five years.

The flagship programme, which was launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, would train the people through existing institutes, both in the public and private sectors, Minister of State for Textiles Panabaka Lakshmi said on Friday while inaugurating a ‘Reverse Buyer Seller Meet’ here.

The meet would provide a platform for buyers and exhibitors a direct contact, thus eliminating the middlemen, she said.

Under the Textile Centre for Infrastructure Development schemes and Schemes for Integrated Textile Park, many hi-tech weaving parks have been set up to produce high quality textile fabrics and meet present international demand, she said.

Around 75 buyers from countries like Africa, France, Belgium, UK, US, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Czech Republic, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Sri Lanka are participating in the two-day event, which is expected to generate Rs. 1,000 crore business enquiries, Organising Chairman M. S. Mathivanan said.

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