Jaipur: Among the many strengths of Rajasthan, textiles is one of them and is recognized as one of the most important thrust sectors of the State. While Jaipur is famous for readymade garments and apparel; Bhilwara produces nearly half of the country’s poly viscose suiting. This was stated by the Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje today at the inaugural session of the ‘Vastra-2015’ at the Sitapura based Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre in Jaipur. She further said that there were other significant textile hubs also in the State like Banswara, Jodhpur, Pali, Balotra and Kishangarh, among others.
The Chief Minister said that after agriculture, textiles is the most significant employer in the country. What was particularly important, she said, is that most of those engaged in the textile industry are women. She reiterated that in the next few years the Government of Rajasthan will create 15 lakhs jobs of which many will be in the textile discipline. She outlined the recent doing away with redundant acts and rules and amending labour laws. This has had a great impact on the business and the industrial environment. It was not surprising, therefore, that Rajasthan has ranked 6th among the top States in India for Ease of Doing Business. In another ranking, RBI has placed Rajasthan at the number 3rd spot for inviting investment. All this was possible only because of the positive and proactive steps and measures being taken to create an investor friendly environment.
The Chief Minister, while thanking the Union Textile Minister for State, Santosh Kumar Gangwar for supporting the State in its textile endeavour, urged the Union Government for further facilitation in the industrial clusters like Pali, Sanganer and Balotra. This assistance, she said, would go a long way in tackling the problem of pollution and environmental issues. She invited the participants of ‘Vastra’ to the Heritage Fashion Festival in Jaipur in December. This festival, she said, would showcase the best designers in India and abroad who will present their creations out of traditional textiles like Khadi, Kota Doria, among others. She also invited them to be a part of Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit scheduled to be held this year on 19 and 20 November. She said she was looking for investment proposals which were serious and would be firmed up.
On the occasion, the Union Textile Minister for State (Independent Charge), Santosh Kumar Gangwar said that in terms of exports and creations of jobs textile sector was a very important discipline in India. He appreciated Rajasthan for moving in the right direction in terms of industrialization and focus on the textile sector. He said that textile sector would play a significant role in the field of skill development as was envisaged by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Centre has been providing an assistance of Rs 40 crore for each Scheme of Integrated Textile Parks (SITP), he said.
The Rajasthan Industries Minister, Gajendra Singh Khimsar said that textile industry is famous world over for its exhibits varying –from most modern textile units to textile handicrafts units spread across the entire State. This, he said, is amply proved by the very presence of entire textile manufacturing fraternity in Vastra. Rajasthan has recently come out with Rajasthan Investment Promotion Policy (RIPS) 2014. Under this scheme, Rajasthan will become the most favoured location for setting up textile units. The State also offers the most favourable industrial climate with its repertoire of 323 industrial areas across Rajasthan, most of them well connected with the National Highways and other important freight corridors.
The Principal Secretary Industries and Managing Director of RIICO, Veenu Gupta said in her welcome remarks that VASTRA has been conceived to create business opportunities; it aims at providing a platform for revitalizing existing business ties and forging new business relations, nationally and internationally. It is designed to provide opportunities for launching new product, exploring avenues for new business relations, strategic alliances and partnerships worldwide.
The Secretary General of FICCI, Dr. A. Didar Singh proposed the Vote of Thanks. He said over the years the exposition has become a truly internationally fair which provides an appropriate platform for networking.
Also present on the occasion were the High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam (Dato Paduka Sidek); Ambassador of Poland (Tomasz Lukaszuk) and Ambassador of S.R. of Vietnam (Ton Sinh Than) and the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan, CS Rajan.
Earlier during the inaugural session an MOU worth Rs. 300 crore was also signed between Director, VICO Infrastructure, Anaadi Group, Kolkata, N K Agarwal and Managing Director, RIICO, Veenu Gupta during the inaugural session. A specialized garment park set up at Prahaladpura, Jaipur under this MOU will provide employment to over 6000 people.
In Pic: Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje releasing the Textile Directory of Vastra – 2015. To her left are: Union Minister of State for Textiles, Santosh Gangwar; Chief Secretary, C.S. Rajan and Secretary General, FICCI, Dr. Alwyn Didar Singh. To her right are: Rajasthan Industries Minister, Gajendra Singh Khimsar and Principal Secretary, Industries, Veenu Gupta.