Source: News Bharati English09 Apr 2016 12:27:35

New Delhi, April 9: Marking a significant step towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India' initiative, Union Textiles Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar inaugurated the Apparel and Garment Making unit in Bodhjungnagar Industrial Growth Centre, in Agartala on Friday. During the inauguration, Gangwar stated that the Apparel Units in the North East are a significant step towards the Make in India Initiative of the Government. The Minister also said that when ‘Make in India’ was conceived to make the country a manufacturing destination, it was decided that the potential of the NER, which is a stronghold of handlooms and traditional textiles, may be tapped for ready-made garment industry.

Gangwar said that this was the first organized effort to bring modern ready-made garment industry in North East. He said that it will be possible to realize the goals of Make in India, when our people have entrepreneurial abilities and our workforce has necessary skills. Gangwar said that the apparel center will serve both purposes.

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“The project will develop entrepreneurship through various capacity building measures and also train the people to work efficiently on high-end garment machines.  It will help to develop an ecosystem which will trigger further investments and employment in the state. The Minister said that this growth will have to be facilitated through enabling policies and programmes. He said that the state Government has a crucial role to play in this regard”, Gangwar said.

The Minister expressed confidence that the growth of garment industry in Tripura will provide a fillip to traditional sectors like handlooms, handicrafts and silk.  He said that a convergence among different schemes is important to achieve the holistic development of the textile sector in NER. Gangwar thanked the Chief Minister of Tripura and all agencies, such as NBCC, for completing the work in such a short span of time.

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The Minister added that people are now looking at North East for work and quality products. He said that the goods manufactured in North East are of high quality and that goods produced there are meant not only for North Eastern India but also for all over India and worldwide. The Textiles Minister said that a lot of people are now showing keen interest in the North East, given the huge scope and avenues the region offers.

The inaugural progarmme was also attended by Chief Minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar; State Industries and Commerce Minister Tapan Chakraborty; Union Textiles Secretary Rashmi Verma, and Chief Secretary of Tripura Y P Singh. The Union Textiles Minister also laid the foundation stone for the Hostel for Trainees in Bamboo and Cane Development Institute in Lichubagan, Agartala on Friday.