Mr Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister, Textile Ministry is of the opinion, that the government is required to initiate changes in the existing policies, especially those pertaining to the labour laws in order for the Indian Textile industry to lead the world, and gaining the number one position, thus beating China.
According to Mr Gangwar, the gap between India and China, albeit only of one step has always been too huge, and the only way to overcome the same is through changing the policies. He has even stated the same amongst the reporters present at the South India Textile Research Association’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. The minister himself believes that once the required amendments with respect to the labour laws are in place, it wouldn’t take much time for India to reach the topmost position in the world of textiles across the world. He also agreed that the labour ministry, for what it’s worth, is bringing about the required changes in the policies. In fact, the minister also sounded rather confident of facing any opposition from the rival parties and other organisations, if the need be.
In a reply to a question pertaining to the execution of the bylaws of the Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme, Ms Kavita Gupta, the Textile Commissioner stated that the notification regarding the same was already issued, and even the guidelines would be made public well within a fortnight! In addition, Mr Gangwar added that the ministry has announced the setting up of as many as six processing parks which included one for Tamil Nadu, each at the cost of Rs. 75 crores, and all under the Integrated Processing Development Scheme.
The union minister also appreciated the overall contribution of SITRA as an organisation in helping the Indian Textiles, achieve new heights on the ladder of unparalleled success. In fact, Anu Garg, the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Textiles, even announced the setting up of new standards in a phased manner for various textile products, in an attempt to get the HSN code at the soonest possible, which was earlier slated for a period of as long as 4 to 5 months.
Given the row of announcements, it has become more than just a possibility for the Indian Textile industry to climb the ladder of success and reach the topmost position in the sector, and become a world leader.