Meghalaya, January 31: Textile Minister Smriti Irani said that around Rs. 32 crore has been sanctioned for the state of Meghalaya for promotion of handloom. Irani said that if Centre and state government work together on issues of development the people will truly benefit. Irani made the statement while inaugurating Meghalaya’s first state-of-the-art apparel and garment making centre built at a cost of Rs 14.26 crore on Monday.Textile Minister informed that the Union Ministry of Textiles is implementing projects worth Rs. 70 crore in sericulture and weaving sectors for Meghalaya alone. She appealed to the youngsters, particularly women, to leverage their handloom legacy and become enterprising entrepreneurs. As the region is well-known for regional dyes, Irani urged upon the weavers of the state to register with India Handloom Brand, which she said can directly connect the weavers with big multinational companies.Irani said that once the centre starts functioning to its full potential, it will give an indication to investors across the country that the youth of the region are ready for economic engagement and expansion. it was the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that in every state of Northeast that apparel and garment making center must set up to tap the true potential and talent of the people, said Irani.The sprawling Apparel and Garment Making Centre, covering an area of 45,000 sq. ft, has been set up at Hatisil near Ampati, at a cost of approximately Rs. 14.26 crore, under the North East Region Textiles Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) of the Ministry of Textiles. The centre has three units, two of them housing 105 sewing machines each, and the third one having seventy machines. Its construction was completed by NBCC, in a record time of less than two years.