Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani today said that the development and modernization of the textile sector in the North Eastern states is being given the highest priority by the Ministry of Textiles.
“This will create more jobs, especially for women of that region and also lead to enhancement of the infrastructure of North Eastern states like roads, power, water supply and construction of offices,’ said a statement issued by the ministry.
As per the handloom census of 2009-10, there are 23.77 lakh handlooms in the country, of which 16.47 lakh (69.28%) handlooms are in the North East region.
There are 21 ready-made garment manufacturing units are fully operational in the seven states of the North East: Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura.
“These units have given a boost to the textile industry in the North East and has seen an increase in the export of ready-made garments from the North East Region. Rs. 690 crore has been utilised for the development of sericulture in the region,” adds the statement.
Three factories have become fully operational in each of the 7 states in a record time of 2 years. Each factory employs around 1200 people, mainly women.
The Ministry has provided Rs.18 crore fund to each ready-made garment manufacturing unit called “Apparel Garment Unit”(AGU). The National Building Construction Corporation has constructed the units in theses 7 states. The garments manufactured here are being exported not only to other parts of the country but also to neighbouring countries as some North East states have trade ties with Bangladesh and Myanmar. The states government provided 1.5 acres land to set-up the units.