R Vimal Kumar

A team of two experts from Textiles Committee will carry out onsite assessment

A total of 200 marks will be assigned for infrastructure quality evaluation

Tirupur: To promote quality and excellence in textile industry, the Textiles Committee under the Union Ministry of Textiles together with Technology Mission on Cotton will introduce a rating system for ginning and pressing factories shortly.

The Deputy Director, Textiles Committee, D. Dhandapani, told The Hindu that the rating methodology would take into account the quality of infrastructure set up in the factory, management practices and quality of processed cotton. “Aspiring ginning and pressing factories which have undergone modernisation can seek the rating,” he said.

A team of two experts from Textiles Committee will carry out onsite assessment of 21 infrastructural components comprising machinery and civil structures, for allocation of marks ranging from one to five on their technical merits.

“A certain weightage will be given to these 21 infrastructure constituents representing the degree of importance in controlling trash and contamination,” Mr. Dhandapani said.

The mark assigned to the components multiplied by respective relevant weightage factor will give the weighted mark for each component.

Similar marking procedure will be followed to value 11 management and two quality parameters. A total of 200 marks will be assigned for infrastructure quality evaluation, 150 marks for management requirements and 50 for quality parameters. If aggregate mark is above 80 per cent, the company will be given three stars. Similarly, the firm will get a two star rating if the combined mark is between 70 and 80 per cents and a single star rating for marks between 60 and 70 per cents.

Mr. Dhandapani said that units would be awarded a ‘certificate of rating’ upon completion of assessment. “Information of the rating will be published on the web site of Textiles Committee for the benefit of textile mills and cotton trade,” he added.

Mr. Dhandapani said that the rating would serve as an effective marketing tool, as higher premium could be demanded for the cotton processed by ginneries with superior rating.

“Besides, rating will boost the credibility of the unit both in domestic and overseas market,” he said.

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