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Expert committee to review 13-year-old National Textile Policy
Saturday December 14, 2013 11:58 AM, Staff Reporter

The Government of India has constituted an Expert Committee to review the National Textile Policy 2000 and formulate the National Textile Policy 2013, Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles Panabaaka Lakshmi said in the Rajya Sabha Thursday.

The existing National Textile Policy 2000 was framed about 13 years ago and since then the industry has undergone various changes on the domestic and international fronts. The domestic textile industry has seen large scale modernization and technological up-gradation in the last decade and faces new challenges.

"In the international trade scenario, while the export quota regime has been removed in 2004, recent trends in the global textile industry offer an enormous opportunity to Indian industry to enhance its share in world trade with a supportive policy framework", she said.

"Hence", she added, "The Government aims to formulate a new improved Textile Policy to address concerns of adequate skilled work force, labour reforms, attracting investments in the Textile Sector, as well as providing a future road map for the textile and clothing industry."

"The Expert Committee is mandated to review all aspects of the existing policy. The Committee has held extensive consultations with all segments of the industry including cotton and man-made fibre segments for making its final recommendations", she said.

India has over 2.2 million powerlooms spread in different states, with over 97% of them being plain powerlooms. Becuase of insufficient number of modern and shuttleless powerlooms, the industry is unable to compete with other countries.

Besides competition with the international market, the industry is also facing difficulties locally. The biggest of them is the electricty tariff in different state. While weavers in other states like Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh get electricity on much cheaper rate, weavers in Maharashtra had to pay a hefty charge for electricity.

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