TEA For Inclusion Of TUFS In TN Textile Policy

TEA For Inclusion Of TUFSTirupur, a major hub of knitwear exports in India, is contributing about 44% of total knitwear exports from the country and as such exporting more than 95% of cotton based garments. There is a good scope for increasing the market share by exporting value-added and synthetic products.

The following table reveals the export performance of Tirupur against all India exports.

At a recent stockholders meeting before unveiling the new textile policy in Tamil Nadu, The Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) demanded inclusion of TUFS in the proposed policy in the state.

TEA said Tirupur knitwear cluster is providing employment to 3,50,000 workers directly, and 2,00,000 indirectly. The Readymade Garment sector offers maximum value addition and have employment opportunity.  It also suggested to establish Tamil Nadu Textile Board for giving a focused approach for development of Textile industry in the State.

Besides, the state textile policy should provide 5% Interest subsidy / 10% Capital subsidy to modernization or expansion of garment units as like Gujarat Textile Policy 2012, Maharasthra Textile Policy (2011 – 2017) and Madhya Pradesh special package for Textile industry which provides 5% and 7% interest subsidy respectively. “We also request to provide 5% Interest subsidy under TUF Scheme”, The association said.

About the skill development programme, The association said the government had allocated a sum of Rs.100 crores each in the past two years for  the ambitious skill development mission and also has plan to offer training subsidy as an incentive on a case to case basis taking into account the capacity of employment generation and the potential for significant improvement  of skills. As the skill requirement is very much needed in garment sectors, a training subsidy at the rate of Rs.2,000 per month per trainee has to be provided for a maximum period of three months for the garmenting units irrespective of capacity, This should be considered in the proposed policy in Tamil Nadu, The TEA added.

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