Jharkhand to be developed as a textile hub: Raghubar

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that the state would be developed as a textile hub as new opportunities for employment are being created in Jharkhand and said that in future more textile companies will start their plants in the state.

Addressing a function after inaugurating the first unit of Arvind Smart Textiles and performing foundation laying for the second phase he lauded the company for its quality in garment manufacturing. He said that after the phase 2 of the construction will be completed at an investment of Rs 300 crore production of 16 million tones of garments will take place and would generate direct employment for 7500 people which would include 80 percent, women.

The Chief Minister said that the textile sector has the potential to generate large-scale employment for which the state government has also come up with the best textile policy in the nation which has now started showing results. He said that in the policy there is a special provision to provide jobs to the women under which an additional subsidy of Rs 1000 would be provided for the employment of a woman. He said that soon amendments would be made in the textile policy to encourage setting up of textile parks in the state. Mr Das said to create job opportunities for the local youth they are being linked with skill development and the initiative of the state government is now showing results as people are getting jobs in their homes and the girls are not forced to leave the state to get jobs worth Rs 7000-8000 where they face exploitation and now they can earn Rs 12000- Rs 13000 in their homes.

He said that in the entire nation 3600 metric tonnes of Tussar is produced out of which 2600 metric tonne alone is contributed by Jharkhand which is mainly imported to US, UK, Australia, Germany and Switzerland. He said that it is the effort of the government to set up value-added plants here so that it can create jobs and also revenue for the government.

He said that post the Momentum Jharkhand Initiative so far the foundation has been laid for 30 companies in the garment sector out of which including Orient Craft, Kishore Exports, Siddhitech and Arvind Mills has commenced production. The Chief Minister said that in the Arvind Smart Textile 2000 people have got employment while in the next phase another 7500 would get jobs. He said that different 26 companies have invested Rs 1367 crore in the state which would create jobs for 26000 people while proposals of 8 other companies were under process.

He said that due to good policies, intentions and transparent administration and law and order Jharkhand is emerging as a favourite among the investors. The Chief Minister said that the state government has also accorded importance to the development of women power in the state as without them no work can be held in any sector.

The executive director of Arvind Mills Kunil Lalbhai said that such was the potential in textile sector of Jharkhand that it would soon leave behind Bangladesh. He said that keeping in mind the domestic and foreign demands of garments and fashion industry the company in the next four-five years would invest Rs 500 crore each year which would be in Jharkhand, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh which would create jobs for more than 10000 people which would include 80 per cent women and a large number of indirect employment would also be generated.

Those present on the occasion also included Khijri MLA Ramkumar Pahan, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sunil Kumar Barnwal, Industries Secretary K Ravikumar, Director Industries Jeshan Qamar and others

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