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India: Ministry of Textiles to Establish 15 More Textile Parks

India’s Ministry of Textiles plans to establish a minimum of 15 textile parks throughout the country and Minister of State Santhosh Kumar Gangwar asked State governments for proposals to build the parks.

Gangwar told reporters on the sidelines of an international conference at VIT University, “The textile industry has good prospects for the economy and employment opportunities. We have been asking the help of the State governments to improve the industry,” The Hindu reported.

He continued, “The previous government, in the budget, had announced the setting up of a textile cluster in Tamil Nadu for which we will be coming here. I am also going to hold talks with officials.”

Last month, the textile industry in Tamil Nadu looked to move up in the value chain with its potential dependence upon the central government.

Noting that there is currently plenty of scope in technical textiles all over the country, Gangwar expressed that the government has allotted 400 crore rupees ($74 million) for technical textiles in the north east region.

“We can do more in this field. We are asking every State government to participate in the textile park bids,” he continued. Looking back to his recent visit to Tiruppur, Gangwar explained that it is an ideal place for the textile sector and good employment, according to The Hindu.