Circular No. ES/206/2019-20 23rd December, 2019
To: Members of the Council
Sub: Highlights of the meeting relating to Technology Gap in Textile Machinery Manufacture for framing new Textile Policy held on 18.12.2019
We would like to inform you that the meeting of stakeholders was held on 18th December, 2019 for framing the New Textile Policy relating to Technology Gap in Textile Machinery Manufacture under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Union Minister for Textiles, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani.
The highlights of the meeting are given below:-
Secretary (Textiles) in his opening remarks stated that the Government had extended subsidy of around Rs.30,000/- crores during the last two years for technology upgradation in the textile industry. He said that over 75% of the machineries are imported and only spinning, we have the State-of-the-art technology. He stated that the Government is very keen to encourage technology acquisition, joint ventures and promoting indigenous technology.
Shri Jitendra Sharma of Andhra Med Tech Zone (AMTZ) made a brief presentation on the success story of AP venture into the setting up of Enterprise and Technology Zone in Andhra Pradesh. The presentation was an eye opener for all the stakeholders and HMOT highly appreciated the initiatives taken by Andhra Pradesh to make the country self-sustained on the medical equipment manufacturing field. HMOT advised the stakeholders to come out with similar proposals to establish two such zones in the major textile clusters of the country, one could be at Coimbatore and another could be at Surat.
TMMA made a presentation on the current status of the textile manufacturing in the country, the gap and its proposals for bridging the technology in the spinning and to a certain extend in the weaving and processing segments. User industry strongly felt that it may take a long duration to develop indigenous technology and therefore, it is advisable to import technology by joint ventures or through FDI by devising a special scheme for such initiatives. TMMA also suggested useful inputs for such joint ventures. HMOT observed that the study conducted by TMMA was very old (2011) and the technology has grown very rapid during the last nine years and therefore, TMMA should update the study. MoT would also conduct a study to bridge the gap in the technology. HMOT also suggested developing a larger zone for technical textiles. The government would facilitate G2G and G2B meetings with the countries, provided the industry comes forward to acquire the State-of-the-art technology and set up manufacturing facilities in India. HMOT also suggested preparing a proposal for skill development in the area of textile machinery manufacturing and servicing.
After detailed deliberations, HMOT advised to form a Core Committee involving leading textile industry Associations and TMMA to prepare a proposal for bridging the technology gap.
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