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Infrastructural development: The Minister for Slum Clearance, S. Thangavelan, third from left, and the Minister for Handloom, N.K.K.P. Raja, second from left, at the apparel training and design centre at Emaneswaram near Paramakudi on Thursday after its inauguration.
Infrastructural development: The Minister for Slum Clearance, S. Thangavelan, third from left, and the Minister for Handloom, N.K.K.P. Raja, second from left, at the apparel training and design centre at Emaneswaram near Paramakudi on Thursday after its inauguration.

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It will give an edge to India over other nations in international market, says Minister for Handloom

RAMANATHAPURAM: Creation of skilled labour with formal training would give an edge to the Indian apparel products in the global competition, said the Minister for Handloom, N.K.K.P. Raja.

“The international apparel market is highly volatile due to the immense competition among several nations. If we employ trained people in the readymade garment industry, I feel we can edge out other nations. Hence, all stakeholders should concentrate on creating skilled workforce,” he said.

Speaking at a function held at Emaneshwaram near Paramakudi to inaugurate Apparel Training and Design Centre on Thursday, he said that the extensive training in design would not only provide employment opportunities in the apparel units, but also give confidence to youth to start apparel units in their early stages of their career.

Mr. Raja said the State Government had taken several steps to fully utilise the schemes being implemented by the Ministry of Textiles to create skilled work force. It had so far established five training centres at Chennai, Tirupur, Dharmapuri, Perambalur and Emaneshwaram near Paramakudi.

Ever since the DMK came to power, it had been implementing several schemes to help weavers particularly handloom weavers. It had extended free electricity scheme to the loom weavers.

S. Thangavelan, Minister for Slum Clearance, said that youth should emulate the success stories of entrepreneurs based at Tirupur, which had attracted the attention of business magnets of European and other countries. Though originally it was a small town, it had become a leading apparel city in the country within a short span of time, thanks to the enthusiastic entrepreneurs.

R. Kirlosh Kumar, Collector, in his presidential address said, Paramakudi, which was famous for its handloom sarees, had the potential to shine in readymade garment industry. Finished products could be exported directly from the district after the completion of Sethu project.

Special Economic Zone

Chances were bright for starting a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the district soon. Hence, weavers and others could send their wards to the Apparel Training and Design Centre so as to utilise the advantages of the SEZ.

Ravichandra Ramavanni, Chairman, District Panchayat, T.G. Reddy, Senior Director, Export Promotion Council, U. Thisaiveeran, Chairman, Paramakudi Panchayat Union and others took part.

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