Addressing the gathering, Union Textiles Minister Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar said that the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given special attention to the Ministry of Textiles with special focus on the North Eastern Region. The Apparel and Garment Making Centres are being opened in every state of the North Eastern region as part of the landmark initiative announced by the Prime Minister on 1st December 2014. The Minister said that the centre will be the beginning of setting up an organized industry in Mizoram. He also said that this is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of “Sabke Saath Sab ka Vikas”.
Before Mizoram, Apparel and Garment Manufacturing Centres have been set up in all other seven states of the North Eastern Region. This initiative comes under the North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) of the Ministry of Textiles. NERTPS is an umbrella scheme for the development of various segments of textiles, i.e. silk, handlooms, handicrafts and garments. Of the total outlay of Rs 1038.10 crore, Rs 18.9 crore has been given to Mizoram for setting up of this centre where the State government provides 1.5 acre of land free of cost. The centre will be managed by the Ministry of Textiles for 5 years and will be handed over to the state government thereafter.
Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Dr. S. K. Panda said that the garment making centre will provide employment to the youths of Mizoram. It will also lead a way for developing technical textile and skilled personnel which will in turn contribute to the economy of Mizoram.
Upon his arrival in Mizoram on the 3rd of July 2015, the Hon’ble Minister inaugurated the Weavers’ Service Centre, which will benefit many handloom weavers in the state. Weavers’ Service Centre established under the funds of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of Mizoram aims to provide technical assistance, advice, designs and marketing opportunity to all weavers and concerns in the handloom sector.
The function was attended by Shri H. Rohluna, Hon’ble Minister of Industry, Government of Mizoram, Shri Joseph Lalhlimpuia, Parliamentary Secretary, Government of Mizoram and Shri Zothankhuma, Commissioner & Secretary, Industry Department, Government of Mizoram.