The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) would soon set up two trainers’ academy to bring out tutors required for skill development programmes planned in textile sector during the 12th Five Year Plan period, according to Council’s acting Secretary General Vijay Mathur.
“The academies will be coming up in Jaipur and Delhi,” he told The Hindu on the sidelines of a stakeholders meet organised by the Council here on Friday.
He said that the services of the tutors passing out from the academies would be utilised for imparting skill development to workers under the Integrated Skill Development Programme (ISDP) operated at the AEPC-run Apparel Training and Design Centres (ATDC) across the country.
“An outlay of Rs 1,900 crore has been earmarked to give skill development for 35 lakh people in the entire textile sector,”he said.
The AEPC had plans to widen the reach of ATDCs into remote areas too with the support of respective state governments.
At present, the ATDCs function at 140 urban and semi-urban areas in the country. Mr. Mathur said that the Council had drawn an action plan to increase the apparel exports threefold by 2016. “Currently, the annual exports from India are at $ 13.7 billion,” he added.
According to him, the Council has forwarded requisitions for more fiscal incentives to help achieve the export targets set for 2016.
It included service tax exemption for skill development programmes and widening of duty free import of trimmings and embellishments from 34 items to 49 items, among others.
In the stakeholders meet, AEPC chairman Arumugam Sakthivel, bank managers and presidents of various textile associations attended.