Arunachal Pradesh has the potential to promote the textiles sector and give a boost to entrepreneurship and job creation, Union Minister Smriti Irani said on September 13.The Textiles Minister was speaking during the inauguration of an Apparel and Garment Making Centre in Pasighat in East Siang district. The purpose of the incubation center is to impart training to youths of the State for self employment. The 200 trainees batch selection would be conducted in all districts of the State.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, MoS (Textiles) Ajay Tamta, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, State Cooperation Minister Tapang Taloh and Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering were also present on the occasion, an official release said.
While dedicating the Centre to the people, Irani said her Ministry would set up six more incubation centres to bring modern ready-made garment industry to the State. It was the first organized effort under the Northeast Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) of the Ministry of Textiles, she said.
Congratulating the entrepreneurs who would be running the facility, the Minister assured them all possible support in making the units commercially viable and self-sustainable.
‘It will give an opportunity to local entrepreneurs to convert their ideas and designs into flourishing businesses and opportunities to the unemployed trained youths and provide a stimulus to the traditional sectors like handlooms and handicrafts to convert the traditional designs into modern garments and market opportunities,’ Irani said.
‘I have directed my Ministry to promote single window clearances and reduce paperwork to the minimum wherever possible. I have begun work on creating infrastructure for skill development and textile manufacturing, job creation and market linkages after recent announcement of the Rs 6,000 crore package by the Centre,’ she said.
Stating that development of the Northeast is high on the list of priorities of the NDA Government, she said this would need concerted efforts in the face of various obstacles that tend to derail economic development in the region.
‘The local products can have tremendous demand in national and international markets if properly channelized,’ she said.
Speaking on the occasion, Rijiju termed it as a boon for the State. Chief Minister Pema Khandu also appealed to the youth to take interest in entrepreneurship and promote export of indigenous products.
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