Saturday, October 8, 2022

Promote geotextiles and agro-textiles; Union MoS to Mnp government officials


Union Minister of State for Textiles Darshana Vikram Jardosh on Tuesday urged officials of the Manipur government to promote usage of geotextiles and agro-textiles products through their respective departments.
Addressing the inaugural session of the Technical Textiles Conference in Imphal’s Hotel Classic Grande today, the Union minister said called for the promotion of geotextiles and agro-textiles.
Jardosh appreciated the active inter-ministerial collaboration in driving the application and usage of technical textiles mandate in India.
Robust inter-ministerial coordination and cooperation including ministry of textiles, ministry of finance, ministry of road transport and highways and ministry of railways, ministry of commerce and industry, ministry of agriculture, ministry of chemical and fertilizers, among others, will play a crucial role in paving a strong path for the development of technical textiles market in India, she observed.
The Union minister said that the various initiatives and schemes including PLI for Textiles, PM MITRA and NTTM were being implemented by the Union ministry of textiles to transform from a traditional cotton-based textiles hub to a technical textile and MMF hub in the world.
She said, “The Gati Shakti model provides necessary impetus to States for undertaking infrastructure projects with minimal approvals and permissions’’.
The ease of doing business, business opportunities and investment ecosystem have grown significantly under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last few years, she further said.
Jardosh also mentioned that from a Net-importer of PPE kits and masks to the 2nd biggest exporter, India has dramatically expanded its capabilities in medical textiles as well.
From indigenous development of carpets to airbags to defence outfits to PPE Kits, India holds the production and export capabilities in becoming an Atma-Nirbhar nation in the segment.
Another major crucial component to focus for development of technical textiles market is robust skilling and training wherein Rs 400 crores have been allocated under the NTTM scheme, she added.
The conference was organized by the Union ministry of textiles in collaboration with Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
State chief minister N Biren Singh who inaugurated the conference said that technical textiles such as geotextiles hold tremendous opportunities in infrastructure projects in North-Eastern region, especially in Manipur.
He said that Manipur has lots of potential in every sector while highlighting the state’s potential in the handloom and handicraft sector.
Manipur with its rich textile tradition, strategic location and vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem has significant potential. Manipur is the land gateway of India to South East Asia, he said.
The conference focused on technical sessions related to application and usability of Geotextiles and Agro-textiles.
Among over 150 participants of the conference were officials and representatives from Manipur government, Indian Army, line ministries and departments of the Central government, eminent industrialists from India and research associations.