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Year End Review of Indian Textiles Ministry

Dec '11
The Indian Textiles Industry has an overwhelming presence in the economic life of the country. Textiles sector contributes 14% of industrial production, 4% of GDP and 10.63% of country's export earnings. It provides direct employment to over 35 million people, which includes a substantial number of SC/ ST, and women. The Textiles sector is the second largest provider of employment after agriculture.

Indian Textiles industry was growing at 3-4% in the last 6 decades. Under 11th Five Year Plan (FYP) it was projected to accelerate to a growth rate of 16% in value and should reach the value of USD 115 billion (exports USD 55 billion and domestic market USD 60 billion) by 2012. Exports are likely to reach USD 32 billion in 2011-12 and domestic market USD 55 billion.

Key Achievements of the Ministry

Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS): Government has enhanced the 11th Five Year Plan allocation for TUFS from Rs. 8000 core to Rs. 15,404 crore. TUFS has helped catalyse an investment of Rs. 2 lakh crore since its inception. The additional allocation is expected to catalyse an additional investment of Rs. 46,900 crore.

E-Marketing: The e-marketing platforms have been developed by the Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India (CCIC), and the Handicrafts and Handlooms Export Corporation of India (HHEC).

National Fibre Policy: The Draft fibre policy has been finalised and placed in the public domain.

Marketing Initiatives: Niche handloom and handicraft products were given a marketing platform through 600 events all over the country. These generated a business of over Rs. 350 crore.

National Textiles Corporation: NTC has modernised 17 mills. New Marketing initiative include new branding drive with new logo.

Skill Development: Scheme on Integrated Skill Development Scheme targets to to train approximately 26.75 Lakhs persons over a period of 5 years (2.70 Lakhs persons in first two years); cover all segments under the ambit of the Ministry including: Textiles and Apparel; Handicrafts; Handlooms; Jute; and Sericulture. Scheme proposed for implementation under the 12th FYP with allocation of Rs. 3500 Cr. A target of 1.5 lac workers would be achieved by March 2012.

Credit Linkages: 25,000 Artisan Credit Cards have been issued to artisans under the Credit Guarantee Scheme, over 1,65 lakh additional applications have been forwarded to banks for consideration.

Welfare Schemes: Under Handloom Weavers' Comprehensive Welfare Scheme, 16,11 lakh weavers and ancillary workers were given health insurance coverage and 5-10 lakh life insurance coverage. Under the Rajiv Gandhi ShilpiSwasthya Bima Yojna, 7.33 lakh artisans were given health coverage.

Financial package for handloom sector for waiver of overdue loans.

During the Budget speech of 2011-12, the Finance Minister had announced that the Government of India would provide Rs 3000 crore for implementing the financial package for handloom sector for waiver of overdue loans. The Financial Package has been approved by the Government with an outlay of Rs. 3884 crore. This includes onetime waiver of overdue loans and interests as on 31st March, 2010, for loans disbursed to handloom sector. The Financial Package is expected to benefit about 3 lakh individual handloom weavers and 15000 cooperative societies, and they will be able to access institutional credit once again.

(i) Comprehensive package for handloom weavers

In order to address the two critical needs of cheap credit and cheap yarn, the Government has now approved a comprehensive package for handloom weavers. The brief details of interventions approved by the Government are as follows:

Credit to handloom sector: The Government will provide assistance for the following:

Margin money assistance will be provided @ Rs.4200 per weaver to individual weavers, their self help groups and joint liability groups by the Government so as to enable them to get fresh loans from the Financial Institutions. Interest Subvention of 3% per annum for 3 years. The loans extended by the Financial Institutions to the handloom weavers and their cooperative societies will be guaranteed for 3 years by the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE)

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