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North-East is Our Key Priority: Textiles Minister, Smriti Irani

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Focusing on the North-East Region and considering the region’s capabilities in hand loom and textile sector, Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani said that development and modernization of the textile sector in the North Eastern states is being given the highest priority by the Ministry.

This will create more jobs, especially for women of that region and also lead to enhancement of the infrastructure of North Eastern states like roads, power, water supply and construction of offices, added the minister.

There are 23.77 lakh hand looms in the country of which 16.47 lakh hand looms (69.28%) are in the North East region as per the handloom census of 2009-10.

Twenty-one ready-made garment manufacturing units are fully operational in the 7 states of the North East: Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura.

These units have given a boost to the textile industry in the North East and has seen an increase in the export of ready-made garments from the North East Region. Rs. 690  crore has been utilised for the development of sericulture in the region.

Three factories have become fully operational in each of the 7 states in a record time of 2 years. Each factory employs around 1200 people, mainly women.

The Textile Ministry has provided Rs.18 crore fund to each ready-made garment manufacturing unit called “Apparel Garment Unit”(AGU), informed the ministry.


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