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Textile employees told to develop skills

Union Minister for Textiles K. Sambasiva Rao speaking at the inauguration of New Minerva Mill in Hassan on Saturday.

Union Minister for Textiles K. Sambasiva Rao speaking at the inauguration of New Minerva Mill in Hassan on Saturday.  

Union Minister opens new textile mill in Hassan

K. Sambasiva Rao, Union Minister for Textiles, has called upon employees of a textile mill owned by the National Textiles Corporation (NTC) here to develop skills for higher salaries and better job opportunities.

The Minister was here on Saturday to inaugurate New Minerva Mill in the special economic zone.

“I will provide funds to train labourers. Once you develop skills, you need not have to struggle to get your jobs regularised. The company will regularise your services if you exhibit your skills. No industry will opt to lose its skilled labourers,” Mr. Rao said while responding to the employees’ demand for higher salaries and regularisation of services.

He also appealed to the labourers to work towards increasing profit. “If the industry makes profit, I will ask them to share it with the employees. Your salaries and emoluments will grow as long as the industry earns profit,” he said.

Stressing the need for a boom in the sector, the Minister said: “This unit is 100 per cent export-oriented. The value of Indian rupee has dipped with the decrease in export of Indian products. If our textile units do well, the value of rupee will also go up”, he said.

Workers

There are 550 workers in the spinning and garmenting unit. The Minister promised the employees that he would sanction Rs. 170 crore to set up a processing unit on the campus.

The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda said the SEZ was sanctioned to Hassan during his tenure. H.S. Prakash, MLA, stressed the need for treating effluents. “People living around the industrial area have been complaining about water resources being polluted following the discharge of untreated waste into it,” he said.

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