The Rajasthan Government will adopt a new policy for the textiles sector by March next year with emphasis on skill development, manufacture and export promotion, giving a boost to the textile industry in the State and providing it a competitive advantage in the domestic and international market.
Industries Minister Rajendra Pareek made the announcement at a textiles fair, “Vastra-2012”, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in Sitapura industrial area here on Thursday. The fair has been organised jointly by the Rajasthan State Industrial Development & Investment Corporation (RICCO) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).
Mr. Pareek said the Vastra would be organised annually to showcase the best and the latest in the textile and apparel industry, ranging from fibre and fashion to infrastructure and technology. The four-day “Vastra-2012” has attracted over 350 buyers from 60 countries. The Minister said since all sectors need trained manpower, the State Government is focusing on new schemes for training the workforce. This would enable the State to convert the increasing population into a “productive asset”, he affirmed.
Mr. Gehlot said Rajasthan has a tremendous potential in the textile sector and the fair would help boost exports. “In the days to come, the textiles and apparel sector [in the State] will improve further because of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. A lot of facilities will be provided in the six zones being set up along the corridor.”
He pointed out that the Union Government was also focusing on encouraging the manufacturing sector, with textiles emerging as a major component of the scheme. “The Union Government has also set the target of exports worth $ 40 billion in 2012-13, which is 22 per cent higher than the previous year. Our export is being adversely affected due to sluggish demand in the U.S. and Europe.”
Mr. Gehlot said textile exports from Rajasthan had touched Rs.3,500 crore annually and the State had already framed policies for promoting industries and exports with an identical emphasis on development of infrastructure. Nine textile parks have been sanctioned in the State and a power loom mega-cluster would be established in Bhilwara.
Spread over 5,000 sq. metres, the fair presented live demonstrations of traditional textile crafts, business shows, concurrent conferences and buyer-seller meetings. About 170 exhibitors covering the entire sector are taking part in the event through 400 stalls, while there are individual State pavilions from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Kerala and Haryana.