Jaipur: The central
government has approved nine textile parks worth Rs.1,500 crore in
Rajasthan, and an additional grant of Rs.400 crore to promote this
industry in the state, a senior official here said.
An assurance has also been given that Vastra 2012, the
international textile fair to be held here from Nov 22-25 would be
a grand success, the official said, referring to a meeting with
Union Textiles Secretary Kiran Dhingra.
Rajasthan already had sanction for five textile parks. Four more
were approved for the state recently as part of 21 such facilities
across the country, in a bid to create additional jobs for 400,000
During the meeting, the senior bureaucrat said that the additional
Rs.400 crore for Rajasthan's textile sector was being provided for
under the Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks, seeing the
potential it holds in the state.
The response came even as the state's Chief Secretary C.K. Mathew
said projects worth Rs.27,240 crore had thus far been approved in
Rajasthan under the Technology Upgradation Funds Scheme.
This amounts to as much as 14 percent of the total investment in
this sector across India. Efforts will continue to further expand
and upgrade the textile sector in Rajasthan, the official quoted
Mathew as saying at the meeting.
The chief secretary also said that the state has made good use of
the scheme for apparel training and design centres that has gone a
long way in addressing the shortfall of skilled workers.
The meeting, also attended by Joint Secretary-Textiles Sunaina
Tomar and the state's Principal Secretary-Industries Sunil Arora,
who also chairs the Rajasthan State Industrial Development and
Investment Corporation, was told that 4,400 people had been
trained under the scheme.
Others at the meeting included Principal Secretary-Revenue Malvika
Panwar, Bureau of Investment Promotion Commissioner Purushottam
Agarwal, Principal Secretary-Finance Govind Sharma, Energy
Secretary Nareshpal Gangwar and RIICO Managing Director Rajendra