Textiles sector to employ up to 62 million people by 2022

Employment in the textiles and clothing sector would rise to 60-62 million by 2022 from about 35 million in 2008 as per the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) report, Parliament was informed on Monday.

Referring to the NSDC report on ‘Human Resource and Skill Requirements in Textiles Sector (2022), Textiles Minister K Sambasiva Rao said: “The overall employment in the textiles sector would increase from 33-35 million in 2008 to about 60-62 million by 2022.”

This would translate into an incremental human resource requirement of about 25 million people, he said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

To fulfil the needs of skilled manpower in the sector, the ministry launched Integrated Skill Development Sector (ISDS) in 2010 on a pilot basis for two years.

During the pilot programme, 29 projects with an outlay of Rs 585.52 crore targeting 5.76 lakh trainees were sanctioned. So far, around 1.55 lakh people have been trained under the scheme.

On August 22, the Cabinet Committee on Skill Development has approved continuation and expansion of ISDS during 12th Plan to train 15 lakh persons with an outlay of Rs 1,900 crore.