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    Thumbs up Ministry of Textiles - Press Releases - 2011.

    Ministry of Textiles


    Press Releases

    05, January 2011

    Dayanidhi Maran Releases Inaugural Issue of Newsletter of National Textile Corporation

    Union Minister for Textiles, Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran said that the Government is committed to make the National Textile Corporation (NTC) a world-class eco-friendly integrated textile company and flag-bearer of the sector and the ongoing revival-cum-modernisation steps by the NTC are aimed at this goal. The Textile Minister was speaking after releasing the inaugural issue of newsletter of the NTC at his Chamber here today. On the occasion, Textiles’ Secretary, Smt. Rita Menon and NTC Chairman-cum-Managing Director Shri K Ramachandran Pillai were among those who attended the function.

    Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran further said that the UPA Government had launched a number of schemes such as Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS), Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks (SITP) and various measures for the Powerloom, Handloom, Handicrafts, Silk and Wool sectors for the overall development of the textile sector and welfare of the weavers and artisans.``The NTC is a key player in the sector and hence revival of the NTC is also one of the key agendas of the government for the textile sector by transforming it into an integrated company capable of addressing the clothing needs of the nation. We have hence launched the historic e-auctions which brought a total of Rs 2133 crore so far in four online biddings,’’ the Textiles Minister said.

    The NTC has made a turn-around within a short span to emerge as a debt-free company with a highly competitive revival strategy. ``This newsletter will be the right tool to communicate with the outside world on its endeavours, business model and achievements, while strengthening the bonds within and rekindling the passion for growth,’’ Thiru Maran said.

    The first newsletter of the NTC has included the major achievement of the company during the last one year, besides carrying the news and pictures of the in-house developments in the recent past.

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    Thumbs up Cotton Exports will not Exceed 55 Lakh Bales – Dayanidhi Maran.

    Press Releases
    22, January 2011

    Cotton Exports will not Exceed 55 Lakh Bales – Dayanidhi Maran

    New Delhi : 22nd January,2011 Thiru Dayanidhi Maran, Textiles Minister has indicated that not a single bale more than the 55 lakh bales already approved for exports would be allowed to be exported. Thiru Maran said this while laying the foundation stone for Erode Powerloom Mega Cluster at Erode, Tamil Nadu today. Pointing out that the exorbitantly increasing cotton prices are harming the domestic textile Industry as a whole, he has assured that the Ministry of Textiles would make all out efforts to protect the domestic industry.

    Thiru Maran today laid the foundation stone for a massive Textile marketing complex under the comprehensive Powerloom Cluster scheme administered by the Ministry of Textiles. For this Mega cluster the Government of India has sanctioned Rs. 70 crore as subsidy.

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    Thumbs up Finance Minister Assures Government Commitment & Resources to Facilitate Proper Growth of Textiles Industry.

    Press Releases
    02, February 2011

    Finance Minister Assures Government Commitment & Resources
    to Facilitate Proper Growth of Textiles Industry



    Need to Monitor Retail Index Says Dayanidhi Maran
    Tex-Trends India -2011 , Asia’s Largest Sourcing Textiles Show Begins

    The Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee today assured the textiles industry the Government’s continuous support to upgrade technology , manufacturing processes and conducive policy enviornment to facilitate its proper growth and enhance productivity. Shri Mukherjee said “The Government is sensitive to the needs of this industry. It has provided and shall continue to provide the textile industry a conducive policy environment to facilitate its growth, augment R&D efforts, and encourage innovation with a view to enhance productivity. The Government supports up-gradation of technology, manufacturing processes and the development of human resources for this industry.” The Finance Minister said this while speaking at a function after inaugurating “ Tex-Trends India 2011” , here today.

    Towards this end, Shri Mukherjee said that the Union Budget 2010-11 took several initiatives. It included a significant increase in funds allocated to Cotton Technology Mission and to the integrated textile parks, and extension of the interest subvention of 2 per cent until March 31, 2011 for exports covering handicrafts, carpets and handlooms segments of this industry. The textile industry is also being supported with an extensive skill development programme to train 3 million persons over a 5 year period, by leveraging the strength of existing institutions under the textile ministry, he added.

    Shri Mukherjee said that in the post-global financial crisis period, even as the economy gathers momentum and our exports grow, there are many sectors of the economy that need policy attention. As the time for Union Budget draws closer, he said that the expectations of actors from these different sectors of the economy tend to rise. Considering this a healthy sign for a growing economy , the Finance Minister further assured textile industry said “ as the Government prioritizes its commitments and resources in the overall interest of the economy, the textiles industry, including its rural dimension, will be given the priority that it deserves.”

    The Finance Minister said that the economic reforms pursued by successive Government over the last two decades have unleashed a new era of high growth in the Indian economy, especially so in the last 5 to 7 years. The textile sector has seized the opportunity presented by this growth. In this scenario , the Finance Minister emphasized the need to accelerate and sustain this momentum through a combination of timely policies for enhancing investments, rapid improvement in our infrastructure and making our growth process more inclusive. He expressed happiness that the Textiles Ministry has finalized the National Fibre Policy and hoped that this will improve competiveness of all segments of the textiles industry. In addition , serious efforts are being made by the Textile Ministry to increase textiles exports and Tex-Trend 2011 is a step in that direction, Shri Mukherjee added.

    While delivering his presidential address, Thiru Dayanidhi Maran , Textiles Minister said that the Tex Trends India 2011 is expected to promote brand image of the Indian textiles and clothing brands. It is a platform to the Indian exporters to meet the Global buyers and would be one of the Asia’s largest sourcing Textiles show. The Textiles Minister expressed his happiness over huge response it got from the global buyers across USA, UK, Turkey, Germany, and Canada . It is for the first time that 11 Textiles Councils have joined hands to show case the strength of India in the entire value chain of Textiles and Apparel sector including Handicrafts and Jute sectors at one place, Thiru Maran added. Considering huge domestic market , Thiru Maran said several international brands are entering retail market. In view of this , Thiru Maran stressed the need of monitoring retail index , which will provide a better understanding of the growing Indian economy .

    In her address , Tmt Panabaaka Lakshmi , Minister of State for Textiles said that the Government is implementing several schemes for facilitating proper growth of textiles industry .

    The inaugural function of Tex-Trends 2011 was attended representatives of all Textiles Export Promotion Councils , exhibitors , senior officers of the Textiles and Commerce Ministries. The Show will remain open till 4th February .

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    Thumbs up Dayanidhi Maran Inaugurates International Jewellery Summit.

    Press Releases
    04, February 2011

    Dayanidhi Maran Inaugurates International Jewellery Summit

    Handicrafts exports has recorded a growth of 18% and reached Rs.8614 crore till January 2011, in comparison to the same period in the fiscal year 2009-10. Thiru Dayanidhi Maran, Textiles Minister, said this while inaugurating International Jewellery Summit “Abhushan – Design Dialogues in Jewellery” organized by World Craft Council here today. Thiru Maran said “The export of Indian handicrafts was Rs.11,224 crore (US $2.5 Billion approx) in last fiscal year 2009-10. This year till January, 2011 export has been Rs. 8,614 crore (US $1.8 billion approx.) recording a growth of 18% in comparison to the same period in the fiscal year 2009-10”.

    Thiru Maran said that handicraft industry is a shining example based on the use of local resources and local initiatives. It is estimated that there are around 65 lakh artisans engaged in this sector for their livelihood, Thiru Maran added. With a view to enhance the lives of handicraft artisans, Thiru Maran said that Textiles Ministry provides them marketing support. He hoped, that the International Jewellery Summit would provide a platform for collaboration of artisans and designers from all over the world and synergise their ideas to produce new attractive and outstanding business as well as innovative marketing strategies.

    While addressing on the occasion, Tmt Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, lauded the role of World Craft Council in organizing such Summit. She said that the Summit will provide opportunities for growth as well as economic independent and emancipation of crafts persons.

    While speaking on the occasion, Tmt. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Textiles, highlighted the role of handicrafts in the overall export basket and informed about the various schemes being implemented by the Ministry for the promotion of handicrafts and welfare of the handicrafts artisans.

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    Thumbs up India Proposes MOU on Wool Cooperation With Australia.

    Press Releases
    18, February 2011

    India Proposes MOU on Wool Cooperation With Australia

    The Union Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi has discussed the modalities for a Memorandum of Understanding on Wool Cooperation with Dr. Mike Kelly, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in Canberra, Australia yesterday.

    During the discussions, the Minister proposed an MOU on Wool Cooperation, which envisages establishing a world class laboratory at Mumbai in the Wool Research Association in collaboration with Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA), the exchange programme for Indian sheep breeders to visit Australia, grading and marketing, breed improvement for betterment of Indian wool and a proposal for setting up of wool exchange. The Minister also discussed the setting up of institutional structures for closer collaboration and expeditious formulation of an MOU on wool sector.

    Australia is the largest wool exporter in the world, with 200 million US Dollars of wool exports to India. This export envisages substantial increase in the spindlages of Indian wool and textile mills.

    Earlier during the day, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi visited the AWTA, the Australian Wool Exchange and a wool processing plant in Melbourne, as well as merino sheep breeding farm in Victoria.

    The Minister would be visiting Australian Wool Innovation in Sydney today.

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    Thumbs up Increase in Price of Cotton and Yarn.

    Press Releases
    24, February 2011

    Increase in Price of Cotton and Yarn

    The prices of cotton and yarn have increased in the country during the current year 2010-11 as compared to previous years. The average prices of cotton are :

    Average price of selected variety of lint cotton
    (Rs./Quintal)
    Cotton variety 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 (upto Jan.-11)
    J34 6126 7599 11206
    H-4/Mech-I 6100 7806 11698
    S-6/S-4 6307 7990 12014
    DCH-32 8635 11740 15023
    LRA-5166 5995 7518 11411

    (ii) The average prices of cotton yarn (hank, cone and hosiery) are as under:-

    Average price of cotton yarn (Hank, Cone and Hosiery)
    (Rs/kg)
    Item Count 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 (upto Jan.-11)
    Hank 30s 122 133 183
    40s 132 146 210
    Cone 30s 119 128 167
    40s 130 146 190
    Hosiery 30s 116 131 183
    40s 128 142 198


    This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today to a question raised by Shri Ramchandra Prasad Singh and Shri Ram Jethmalani

    The Minister further stated that the production of raw cotton has increased from 290 lakh bales in season 2008-09 to 295 lakh bales in 2009-10 and is estimated to grow to 329 lakh bales in 2010-11. The production of cotton yarn has shown an increase of 12.6% in 2010-11 (April to December) as compared to 2009-10 (April-December).

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    Thumbs up Setting up of Mega Handloom Clusters.

    Press Releases
    24, February 2011
    Setting up of Mega Handloom Clusters

    So far, four mega handloom clusters at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Sivasagar (Assam), Virudhunagar (Tamilnadu) and Murshidabad (West Bengal) have been taken up. This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today to a question raised by Shri R.C. Singh.

    The Minister further stated that these four mega handloom clusters have been taken up as these were announced in the Budget for 2008-09 and 2009-10. Each mega handloom cluster has atleast 25,000 handlooms and will be developed in a time period of 5 years with an upper Central Government share of Rs.70.00 crore. Two handloom clusters at Chirala and Madhvaram in Andhra Pradesh, each covering about 5000 handlooms have been taken up in 2006-07 for their integrated and holistic development and are under implementation. In addition, 52 handloom clusters, each covering 300-500 handlooms have been taken up in the State of Andhra Pradesh under the Integrated Handlooms Development Scheme during the period 2007-08 to 2010-11(as on date). Further, 262 Group Approach Projects have been taken up in the State of Andhra Pradesh from 2008-09 to 2010-11 (as on date).

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    Thumbs up Dayanidhi Maran Inaugurates India Carpet Expo.

    Press Releases
    03, March 2011


    Dayanidhi Maran Inaugurates India Carpet Expo


    Thiru Dayanidhi Maran, Union Textiles Minister, inaugurated the 21st edition of “India Carpet Expo” here today in the presence of Tmt. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Textiles.

    After inaugurating the Expo , Thiru Maran and Tmt Panabaaka Lakshmi went around and visited several stalls.

    India Carpet Expo, which is organized by Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC), is the largest fair of Handmade woolen, silk, carpets, rugs and floor-coverings. The Expo will remain open from 3rd o 5th March, 2011. This will be followed by an Exhibition-Buyer Seller Meet on 6-7 March, 2011 in Jaipur. More than 176 Exhibitors of Handmade Carpets and other floor coverings from UP, Rajasthan, J&K, Panipat, Delhi etc are displaying their latest designs of Handmade carpets and other floor coverings. 200 overseas buyers from USA, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, South Africa etc. have confirmed their participation in the Expo.

    BACKGROUND OF INDIA CARPET INDUSTRY:-

    The Indian Handmade carpet Industry is an age old and has made significant strides in the recent past and export of carpets in 2009-10 and 2010-11 are:

    2009-10 - US$ 525.87 Million
    2010-11 - US$ 503.57 Million
    (April- January).

    The CEPC is expecting to achieve the target of US $ 650 Million for the year 2010-11. India is top most producer and exporter of Handmade Carpet in the world. The industry is highly labour-intensive and provides employment to over 2.5 Million workers in the rural areas. The Indistry is highly concentrated in States like Uttar Pradesh, J&K, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, H.P. etc. The Industry provides huge value addition. Wages constitute 40% to 50% of the cost. 50% of the export earning is directly injected for poverty alleviation.

    Indian Carpet Industry is the only one in the world which offers customs made rugs and carpets. The pattern, color, size are all manufactured according to the requirements of the overseas buyer.
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    Thumbs up Effect of Costly Cotton on Handloom and Industry.

    Press Releases
    03, March 2011


    Effect of Costly Cotton on Handloom and Industry

    The cotton yarn is the main raw material for the weavers and rise in the price of cotton has been a matter of concern for the weavers all over the country. However, the Govt. of Tamil Nadu has intimated that costly cotton has not affected the handloom cloth sector to a great extent. This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today to a question raised by Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan.

    The Minister further stated that the Government of India is implementing following schemes for overall development of the handloom sector in the country including Tamil Nadu:-

    1. Integrated Handloom Development Scheme
    2. Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme
    3. Marketing & Export Promotion Scheme
    4. Diversified Handloom Development Scheme
    5. Mill Gate Price Scheme

    In addition, Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS) has been introduced in 2008-09 with an objective to empower handloom weavers and build their capacity to enhance competitiveness of their products in the domestic as well as global market in a sustainable and reliant manner. The scheme covers clearly identifiable geographical locations with at least 25,000 looms in which Government of India’s financial support would be up to Rs.70 crore. Four such Mega Handloom Clusters have been sanctioned so far at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Sivasagar (Assam), Virudhunagar (Tamilnadu) and Murshidabad (West Bengal). Further, the Govt. of India has taken the following initiatives to control the prices of cotton and cotton yarn:-

    1. Capping of cotton exports for cotton season 2010-11 (October to September);
    2. Hank Yarn Obligation expanded from 40s counts to 80s counts w.e.f. 31.03.2010;
    3. Stringent checking of Hank Yarn Obligations on spinning mills;
    4. Withdrawal of DEPB incentive of 7.67% on cotton yarn exports w.e.f. 21.4.2010
    5. Withdrawal of duty drawback on yarn w.e.f. 29.4.2010;
    6. Constitution of a Cotton Yarn Advisory Board to monitor domestic and international prices of cotton yarn; and
    7. Capping cotton yarn export for financial year 2010-11.

    The Government of Tamil Nadu is also implementing following schemes for welfare of the handloom weavers and the development of the handloom sector, the Minister added.


    1. Free distribution of Sarees and Dhoties Scheme
    2. Free supply of Uniform Scheme
    3. Free supply of Electricity to handloom & powerloom weavers
    4. Interest subsidy Scheme
    5. Rebate subsidy Scheme
    6. Old age Pension scheme
    7. Savings and Security Scheme

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    Thumbs up Steps taken for Expansion of Textile Industry.

    Press Releases
    03, March 2011

    Steps taken for Expansion of Textile Industry

    The Government have taken a number of steps for expansion of T&C sector including technology upgradation and modernization of textile mills under the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme, support for industry infrastructure through Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks (SITP); Integrated Scheme for Development of Powerloom Sector along with Group Workshed Scheme for the sector; Scheme for skill upgradation of textiles workers under the Integrated Skill Development Scheme and other capacity building programmes for the industry like Knitwear Technology Mission. In addition, fiscal incentives are provided for exports of T&C items under various provisions of the Foreign Trade Policy – 2009-14. This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today to a question raised by Shrimati Bimla Kashyap Sood.

    The Minister further stated that the weaving and processing sector are considered to be a weaker sector for want of adequate modernization. Government have initiated a number of steps for weaving and processing sector which include interest reimbursement, margin money subsidy and capital subsidy under TUF Scheme. The exports of readymade garments and made-ups increased by over 10% in 2008-09 compared to 2007-08 but there was a decrease of around 1% in 2009-10 compared to 2008-09. However, in the current financial year (April-Sept) provisional figure indicate that exports have gone up by around 7% compared to 2009-10.

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