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Reform and planning for Jharkhand textile sector

Reform and planning for Jharkhand textile sector

Jharkhand is mulling steady initiatives to promote and market its ethnic textile and handloom products in a bid to help its large indigenous community of craftsperson's grab a major pie of the rapidly growing national and global textile market.  The state governments efforts, led by Jharkhand Silk Textile and Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd (Jharcraft), were discussed recently during a meet along with emerging opportunities in the textile, apparel, footwear & fashion sector at a seminar on Opportunities in the Textiles, Apparel, Footwear & Fashion held in Delhi.

The seminar brought together various stakeholders and reputed dignitaries in the Fashion, Textiles, Footwear and Apparel sector, during the India Fashion Week 2017, to discuss insightful propositions on finding newer markets for products handcrafted by the states tribals. Subsequently, a first-of-its-kind Business to Government (B2G) meeting was also held at Jharkhand Bhavan, New Delhi with senior officials from Government of Jharkhand including Smt. Raj Bala Verma, Chief Secretary Government of Jharkhand; Shri Sunil Barnwal, Secretary-Industries, Government of Jharkhand and other senior government officials, where government bureaucrats interacted on a one-and-one basis with prospective investors in the state to discuss the way forward for a golden investment opportunity in the state of Jharkhand, focusing on the key pillars of flexible policymaking and enhancing Ease of Doing Business.

During the meeting, Mr. Pavel Sukoybeda, First Secretary, Embassy of Republic of Belarus exclusively met the secretariat team of Government of Jharkhand and expressed their interest in investing in Jharkhand. On the other hand, various other investors also showed interest in endorsing in various public projects such as techno parks, upcoming skyway project, metro projects, and so on. 
The major benefits of policies for Jharkhand in the textile industry is that the state is offering major incentives for the investors and providing 50% of the rebate for land acquisition tax, said Smt. Raj Bala Verma, Chief Secretary Government of Jharkhand at the meeting. Within a short span of one year, Jharkhand  has moved from the 29th position to 3rd on the Ease of Doing Business scale.

Skilling of existing manpower has led to its fullest use in various sectors, and of late, Jharkhand has started framing exclusive policies for almost 20 sectors like tourism, films, IT, apparel and textile, and so on. "Last year, we launched Jharkhand Textile Apparel & Footwear Policy with a progressive vision and takeaways from various other state policies. In my opinion, if Make in India has to succeed, Make in Jharkhand is the stepping stone. Over the long term, Jharkhand is set to become the definitive destination of employment with the best use of available resources, and promises best ROI for investors who are looking forward to business opportunities in our state", said Shri Sunil Barnwal, Seretary-Industries, Govt. of Jharkhand, who was present as the guest of honour at the event.

 Mr. Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India said the state of Jharkhand is an undiscovered treasure, with an enormous potential for industrialization, especially in the smaller sectors like textile, apparel, and footwear, adding that Momentum Jharkhand had already taken India by storm. Mr. Pradeep Bhandari, CEO, Reliance Textiles, pointed out that lack of skill development initiatives, inadequate last-mile delivery of apparel, and low rate of exports are a concern, and emphasized the need to change the mindset and outlook for the value chains of textile and apparel sectors. 


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