Ahmedabad, October 12: Gujarat was once severely affected with riots and poverty but Narendra Modi brought a revolutionary change in his 12 years tenure as Chief Minister. The BJP-led Gujarat government on Wednesday announced setting up of new industrial policy and apparel policy with an aim to bring massive employment in state and to encourage investments in the small businesses.
Notably, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in a press conference announced setting up of 16 new GIDC estates across the state with the potential to generate one lakh new jobs. CM Rupani said, “These GIDCs will unlock the growth in remote areas and SMEs. Spread across 2,400 hectares in 16 villages, the GIDCs will have the potential to accommodate about 15,000 factories.”
On the occasion, CM Rupani also announced the new Garments & Apparel Policy 2017 aiming to use the cotton crop of the State to achieve the complete value-chain of farm-to-fibre, fibre-to-fabric, fabric-to-fashion and fashion to foreign markets.
He said, “The decision is taken to encourage new investments in garment making. The State has the advantage of being the largest cotton producer. So far, we supplied cotton to other States. It is a time we encouraged our entrepreneurs to invest in garmenting.”
“The State government will also provide incentives for garment unit owners for generating employment by providing subsidy in wages. The women workers will get 4,000 subsidy, while their male counterparts will get 3,500,” the Chief Minister noted.
Rupani, in the end, said that Gujarat already has a large spinning capacity, which will add to the weaving and garmenting thereby achieving the complete value chain. “Our aim is to provide employment to women and create investment opportunities in the complete value chain from cotton to fabric to clothing,” CM Rupani reiterated.