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    Thumbs up Handloom Weavers.

    Press Releases
    04, March 2011

    Handloom Weavers

    The number of Handloom weavers and allied workers as per the Second Census of Handlooms of India (1995-96) and Third Handloom Census of India (2009-10) are:

    Sr. No.
    Census
    Number of Handloom Weavers and Allied Workers (in lakhs)
    1 Second Census (1995-96) 65.50
    2 Third Census (2009-10) 43.31

    Factors identified for the decline of Handloom Sector, inter alia, include, (i) competition with mechanized sector such as mill and powerloom Sectors, (ii) decline of handloom corporations/Apex Cooperative Societies (iii) high cost of credit & low disbursement of credit for the handloom weavers, (iv) Choking of cooperative credit lines due to debt over-dues and (v) marketing problems etc. This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today to a question raised by Shri A.T. Nana Patil and Shri Hansraj G. Ahir.

    The Minister further stated that the although, the number of handloom weavers and allied workers has declined, yet improvement in various other parameters has also been reported in 2009-10 Census over 1995-96 Census. The details are as under :

    Sr. No. Indicator 2009-10 Census 1995-96 Census
    1. Man days worked per weaver per annum (days) 234 197
    2. Share of full time weavers to total weavers 64% 44%
    3. Share of weaver households reporting less than a metre production 46% 68%
    4. Share of Idle looms 4% 10%

    For the development of Handloom Sector and welfare of Handloom weavers, five Schemes are under implementation, which are (i) Integrated Handlooms Development Scheme, (ii) Handloom Weavers’ Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (iii) Marketing & Export Promotion Scheme (iv) Mill Gate Price Scheme and (v) Diversified Handloom Development Scheme, the Minister added

    Further, in pursuance of the recommendations of High Level Committee, constituted under Managing Director, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and keeping in view the observations and suggestion of Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure), a revised package had been submitted to Ministry of Finance, which was under scrutiny. The proposals inter-alia include: (i) Waiver of overdue interest and overdue loans of Societies (ii) Recapitalisation of the balance sheet of Primary Weavers Cooperative Societies and State level Apex Societies with adequate fund support from Government; (iii) Financing the credit needs of handloom weavers/ societies at lower rate of interest with interest subvention etc. Now, in the Budget speech delivered on 28.02.2011, the Finance Minister has announced a financial package in the Annual Budget 2011-12. The package, with a financial implication of Rs. 3000 crore, benefits more than 15000 handloom weavers cooperative societies, the Minister added.

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    Thumbs up Exhibition-Cum–Sale of Exclusive Sarees Crafted by Master Weavers Inaugurated.

    Press Releases

    07, March 2011

    Exhibition-Cum–Sale of Exclusive Sarees Crafted by Master Weavers Inaugurated

    An Exhibition-cum-sale of exclusive sarees crafted by master weavers was inaugurated here today by Smt. Gursharan Kaur, wife of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, in the presence of Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Textiles. On this occasion, a booklet on “HANDLOOM Cluster of India” was also released.

    The 11-day (7-17 March) Exhibition is being organized by the Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Limited, a Government of India Undertaking under the Ministry of Textiles. In the exhibition, unique sarees painstakingly created by Master Weavers, National Awardees and Shilpgurus from all over the Country will be on display for sale.

    The collection includes Jamdani, Kancheepuram silk sarees, Ikat Sarees from Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, Kantha embroidered sarees from West Bengal, Chikan embroidered sarees from North East, Tanchoi/Brocade sarees from Varanasi, Patola sarees from Maharashtra, Block printed sarees from Rajasthan, Madhubani hand painted sarees from Bihar etc. Some of the sarees are, in fact, a rare piece of art, which have been created by weavers over up to five years. A few very exclusive sarees in the price range of Rs.1 lakh to Rs.12 lakh are also on display and sale.

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    11, March 2011

    Import of used Garments

    The import of worn clothing/used garments is not in such quantity or value to pose any threat to the domestic textiles industry. The imports of worn clothing in the year 2009-10 was of the order of US$ 47.18 million, which is a decline of 46.63% over 2008-09. As per latest available data for the current financial year (2010-11) the import of worn clothing/used garments was US$ 22.95 million during April-June 2010. This information was given by Smt Panabaaka Lakshmi , Minister of State for Textiles in Lok Sabha today in a written reply to a question raised by Shri Jaywantrao Awale.

    The Minister further stated that the Government has already imposed restrictions on the import of used garments keeping in view the sanitary and phyto-sanitary issues involved by bringing such imports under the ‘Restricted list of Imports’. The policy condition viz imports licencing Note No. (1) allowing sale of worn clothing by Special Economic Zone (SEZ) units in the Domestic Tariff Area (DTA) has also been deleted vide DGFT’s Notification No. 43/2009-14 dated the 19th May, 2010, the Minister added.

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    Press Note

    01, May 2011

    Government restructures Technology Upgradation Fund Schemes (TUFS) for Textile Industry to boost investment in Technology

    The Government has restructured the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) – the flagship scheme of Ministry of Textiles for upgradation of technology in the textile and jute sectors. Ministry of Textiles has issued the Government Resolution on Restructured Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme for the period 28.04.2011 to 31.03.2012 (both the days inclusive) with an overall subsidy cap of Rs.1972 crore during the period. The Government Resolution lays down the financial and operational parameters and implementation mechanism for the Restructured TUFS.

    2. The objective of the present Scheme is to leverage investments in technology upgradation in the Textiles and Jute Industry, with a special emphasis on balanced development across the value chain. The major objectives of the present restructured TUFS scheme are as follows:- (a) Address the issues of fragmentation and promote forward integration by providing 5% IR for spinning units with matching capacity in weaving/knitting/processing/ garmenting; (b) promoting investments in sectors with low investment like processing; (c) reducing the repayment period to 7 years with 2 years moratorium to promote financial efficiency; (d) Technology upgradation in weaving by providing higher capital subsidy for establishment of new shuttle less looms. This would help to reduce and eventually phase out secondhand looms (e)Ensuring greater participation of SSI units by increasing the limits under this category; (f)The eligibility of restructured/ rescheduled cases to be restricted to initial loan repayment schedule and ballooning of subsidy in rescheduled cases to be avoided (f) revamped scheme to be structured in such a way that the subsidy out go is not open ended and has a definite cap of Rs. 1972 crores.; (g) Greater administrative and monitoring controls to be introduced with pre-authorization of all eligible claims by the Textiles Commissioner Mumbai, before approvals and intensive monitoring by the Inter Ministerial Steering Committee chaired by Secretary Textiles.

    3. For loans sanctioned during 01.04.1999 to 28.06.2010, the then existing parameters and guidelines of TUFS would continue to apply. The Government has made provision of Rs.5432 crore towards committed liabilities for the cases sanctioned during the aforesaid period for the 11th Five Year Plan.

    4. The financial and opera¬tional parameters of the Restructured TUFS in respect of loans sanctioned under the scheme would be as follows:

    i). A reimbursement of 5% on the interest charged by the lending agency on a project of technology upgradation in conformity with the Scheme. However, for spinning machinery the scheme will provide 4% for new stand alone / replacement / modernisation of spinning machinery; and 5% for spinning units with matching capacity in weaving / knitting / processing / garmenting.

    ii). Cover for foreign exchange rate fluctuation / forward cover premium not exceeding 5% for all segments except for new stand alone / replacement / modernisation of spinning machinery, the foreign exchange rate fluctuation / forward cover premium will be 4%.

    iii). Additional option to the powerlooms units and independent preparatory units to avail of 20% Margin Money subsidy under Restructured TUFS in lieu of 5% interest reimbursement on investment in TUF compatible specified machinery subject to a capital ceiling of Rs. 500 lakh and ceiling on margin money subsidy of Rs.60 lakh. However, for brand new shuttleless looms the ceiling on margin money subsidy will be Rs.1 crore. A minimum of 15% equity contribution from beneficiaries will be ensured.

    iv). An option to SSI textile and jute sector to avail of 15% Margin Money subsidy in lieu of 5% interest reimbursement on investment in TUF compatible specified machinery subject to a capital ceiling of Rs. 500 lakh and ceiling on margin money subsidy of Rs.45 lakh. A minimum of 15% equity contribution from beneficiaries will be ensured.

    v). 5% interest reimbursement plus 10% capital subsidy for specified processing, garmenting and technical textile machinery.

    vi). The Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) will not be covered under Restructured TUFS.

    vii). 5% interest reimbursement plus 10% capital subsidy for brand new shuttleless looms.

    viii). Interest subsidy/capital subsidy/Margin Money subsidy on the basic value of the machineries excluding the tax component for the purpose of valuation.

    ix). 25% capital subsidy in lieu of 5% interest reimbursement on purchase of the new machinery and equipments for the pre-loom & post-loom operations, handlooms/up-gradation of handlooms and testing & Quality Control equipments, for handloom production units.

    x). 25% capital subsidy in lieu of 5% interest reimbursement on benchmarked machinery of silk sector as applicable for Handloom sector.

    xi). The Scheme will cover only automatic shuttleless looms of 10 years’ vintage and with a residual life of minimum 10 years. The value cap of the automatic shuttleless looms will be decided by the Technical Advisory-cum-Monitoring Committee (TAMC).

    xii). Investments like factory building, pre-operative expenses and margin money for working capital will be eligible for benefit of reimbursement under the scheme meant for apparel sector and handloom with 50% cap. In case apparel unit / handloom unit is engaged in any other activity, the eligible investment under this head will only be related to plant & machinery eligible for manufacturing of apparel / handlooms.

    xiii). Interest reimbursement will be for a period of 7 years including 2 years implementation / moratorium period.

    xiv). The subsidy in restructured cases will be restricted to the quantum approved in the initial loan repayment schedule by the lending agency and submitted to the Office of the Textile Commissioner in the prescribed format.

    xv). Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) and other investments like, energy saving devices, in-house R&D, IT including ERP, TQM including adoption of ISO / BIS standards, CPP and electrical installations etc. will not be eligible under Restructured TUFS.

    xvi). There will be an overall subsidy cap of Rs. 1972 crores from the date of this Resolution to 31.03.2012, which is expected to leverage an investment of Rs.46900 crore, with sectoral investment shares of 26% for spinning, 13% for weaving, 21% for processing, 8% for garmenting and 32% for others.

    xvii). The Scheme will be administered with a two stage monitoring mechanism. The sectoral caps shall be reviewed for modification by the IMSC (Inter Ministerial Steering Committee), based on the recommendations of TAMC.

    Textiles Commissioner , Ministry of Textiles
    New Delhi, 1st May ,2011

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    Thumbs up Policy Initiatives of Textile Ministry Bring Cotton and Yarn Price Stability.

    Press Releases
    24, May 2011

    Policy Initiatives of Textile Ministry Bring Cotton and Yarn Price Stability


    There have been newspaper reports on the Textile Mills stopping production for one day on 23.05.2011 to protest the withdrawal of incentives and curbs on cotton yarn exports. Of the 3300 registered textile mills, 1998 mills were reported to have participated in the closure.

    Cotton yarns Exports are already on OGL w.e.f. 1st April 2011; there is no curb on yarn exports presently.

    Last year in the backdrop of the supply line disruptions and steep increase in the process of cotton and cotton yarn, Government had initiated a number of steps for ensuring raw materials security for the Textiles industry. Keeping in mind the need to balance the interests of all stake holders across the value chain, a multipronged approach was adopted which included inter-alia, capping of cotton exports at 55 lac bales for cotton season 2010 – 11; and permitting yarn exports of 720 million kgs for the year 2010-11. The yarn exports are permitted throughout the year; there was no ban, virtual or otherwise as claimed.

    To ensure the viability of the handloom weavers, power loom weavers and garment industry in the face of highest ever price rise in decades in 2010-11, Government had capped cotton yarn exports at 720 million kgs for financial year 2010-11 keeping in view the domestic consumption. Even the 720 million kgs of yarn exports permitted would be the highest ever export performance achieved by the Indian spinning industry, representing a 22% increase in comparison to 589 million kgs in 2009 – 10 and 556 million kgs in 2008-09.

    The policy initiatives undertaken have yielded results, with the prices of both the cotton and cotton yarn achieving some degree of stability now.

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    Thumbs up Tirupur will be revived: Anand Sharma.

    Press Releases
    13, July 2011

    Tirupur will be revived: Anand Sharma

    Textiles Major Employment Provider

    Shri Anand Sharma Union Minister of Textiles, along with the Minister of State Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi attended a briefing presentation organized by the Ministry on the overall issues concerning the Textiles Ministry. After the meeting Shri Anand Sharma said, “The meeting was informative today. I got the first hand feel of the functions of various divisions and issues concerning the Ministry. Textiles sector is a major employment provider therefore; we will see that the functions of the institutions should be made more robust, particularly many heads of the institutions and also revival of Tirupur”. Replying to query of the media Textile Minister Shri Sharma further stated that, “On the issue of Tirupur Secretary Textile will go to Chennai and constitute a group to look into the challenges that is there especially the concerns”. On the issue of further export of cotton Minister said that, “We need to look into what is the exportable surplus. We are regularly monitoring the situation and a considered view will be taken. The meeting was attended by Secretary Textiles Smt. Rita Menon and other senior officials of the Ministry.

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    Thumbs up Anand Sharma to hold Stakeholders Consultations for Textile Sector Tomorrow.

    Press Releases
    14, July 2011

    Anand Sharma to hold Stakeholders Consultations for Textile Sector Tomorrow

    The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Textile Shri Anand Sharma will meet the stakeholders from the textile sector tomorrow. The Minister who has recently assumed charge of the Ministry will consult diverse sections of the sector in order to tackle the problems of the sector. Apart from Other issues the stakeholder consultations will cover the issues pertaining to the Tirupur institute and cotton yarn.

    Textile Secretary Ms Rita Menon and other senior officials will be present during the consultation.

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    Thumbs up Anand Sharma to Recommend Duty Draw Back Relief on Cotton Yarn Exports.

    Press Releases
    15, July 2011

    Anand Sharma to Recommend Duty Draw Back Relief on Cotton Yarn Exports

    Final View on New Sitp within 10 Days
    4 Integrated Textile P Arks & 3 Ntc Mills will be Inaugurated
    Secretary Textile to Visit Tirupur on Monday


    The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Textiles, Shri Anand Sharma has said that he will recommend duty draw back on cotton yarn exports to Finance Ministry w.e.f. 1st April 2011. On cotton exports he said “comprehensive view will be taken on cotton exports after an inter-ministerial consultation over next few days and a close watch will be maintained on cotton arrival data, maintained by Cotton Advisory Board (CAB), whose meeting is scheduled for August.” He was speaking after taking stock of the Textiles Industry at a stakeholder’s consultations with Industry here today. It was a comprehensive review of key stakeholders of textiles industry, including the cotton industry, yarn industry and apparel producers.

    Apart from the duty draw back recommendation and cotton export related issues he announced that 3 mills of National Textiles Corporations (NTC) will be inaugurated in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka. Indicating the urgency in addressing the industry concern the Minister informed that “Within 10 days, we will take a final view on the new Schemes for Integrated Textiles Park (SITPs) to be established in the country. 25 new SITP’s will be constituted; each unit will have the costing of 40 crores.”

    Furthermore, four completed Integrated Textile Parks will be inaugurated in Maharashtra and Gujarat shortly. Cotton Development Bill will be introduced in the Winter Session of Parliament to establish a DG of textile intelligence

    On the pressing need of reviving the Tirupur Shri Sharma said, “I am seized of the enormity of the challenge posed by the High Court order and the huge social dimension, resulting from closure of units in which thousands of people have been rendered jobless. I will discuss the matter with Environment Minister and Tamil Nadu Government to draw a roadmap for meeting environment regulatory norms. A Public Private Partnership model will be explored where industry and Government will work jointly to develop a technically and economically feasible solution. I have requested Secretary (Textiles) to travel to Chennai on Monday to hold a dialogue with the Chief Secretary”.

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    Thumbs up Mega Handloom Clusters.

    Press Releases
    03, August 2011

    Mega Handloom Clusters


    So far, four Mega Handloom Clusters at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Sivasagar (Assam), Virudhunagar (Tamil Nadu) and Murshidabad (West Bengal) have been taken up as announced by the Finance Minister in the Budget for 2008-09 and 2009-10. As per the guidelines of the Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme, each mega cluster should have atleast 25,000 handlooms. However, 9 handloom clusters, each covering 300-500 handlooms have been taken up in Gujarat under Integrated Handlooms Development Scheme.

    This information was given by Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Textiles, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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    Thumbs up Amount Under IHDS to Andhra Pradesh.

    Press Releases
    03, August 2011

    Amount Under IHDS to Andhra Pradesh

    Under Integrated Handlooms Development Scheme (IHDS), Central assistance is released to the State Governments on receipt of viable proposals. State-wise financial allocations are not made under IHDS. Financial assistance released to the State of Andhra Pradesh during the last three years is as under:-

    Year
    Amount Released (Rs. in Crore)
    2008-09 4.98
    2009-10 11.11
    2010-11 13.93


    This information was given by Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Textiles, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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