Special Correspondent

SALEM: Various ways are being explored to “modernise and revive’ the powerloom sector in Salem district with experts and bankers analysing the causes that led to its deterioration and also suggesting remedies for its revamping.

Organised jointly by the Salem District Small Scale and Tiny Industries Association, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute (Chennai) and Salem Unit of Textiles Association of India, the day-long seminar - “Modernisation of Powerloom Sector for high performance and various incentives of Government of India” , held recently, attracted more than 200 powerloom entrepreneurs from Rasipuram, Vennandur, Ilampillai, Komarapalayam, Jalakandapuram, Edapady and other places in Salem and Namakkal districts.

Lajrash M. Parmar, Senior Scientific Officer, Madhya Pradesh Weaving Division and Ahmedabad Textile Industries Research Association listed out various Technical Upgradation Fund Schemes (TUFS) of Government of India for saving and reviving the struggling powerloom industry in Salem district.

Expenses

The scheme would provide administrative expenses such as Rs.15 lakhs for ‘A’ class cities, Rs.10 lakhs for ‘B’ class cities like Salem and Rs.5 lakhs for ‘C’ class cities for 5-day programmes.

Exposure visits to powerloom clusters and technical sessions also would be encouraged, he pointed out.

Further to install modern machinery for quality and maximum production and for better utilization and efficiency, which in turn would enable the Indian Textile Industry to compete in domestic as well as in international markets, subsidies were also available.

Subsidy

An SSI’s project cost could be upto Rs. 2 crores with maximum subsidy of Rs. 20 lakhs. A.S. Mudaliar, In-charge, Power Loom Service Centre, ATIRA, demonstrated the operation of different modern looms.

S. Dinakaran, Deputy Chairman, South India Mill Owners Association, insisted on the power loom entrepreneurs to switch over to the value addition of “Salem Fabrics.”

DGM of Indian Bank, R. Mahadevan, requested the participants to utilize the funds.

P. Siva Subramanian, representing MSME Ministry, explained how to set up Power loom clusters at Salem and detailed the schemes of SIDBI to micro sector for funds ranging from Rs. 50, 000 to Rs. 5 lakhs without collateral security.

R. Kalyana Raman, Regional Manager, Indian Overseas Bank advised the entrepreneurs to go for upgradation of technology as in Gujarat. K. Govindarajan, GM, District Industries Centre, explained various government schemes.

K. Mariappan, President, Salem District SSI Association presided over the function. S. Kuppusami, President, Salem unit of Textiles Association of India welcomed the gathering.

S.A.P. Angannan proposed a vote of thanks.

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