Ministry of Textiles Current Affairs

Size INDIA: NIFT to conduct National Sizing Survey to develop size chart

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi under Ministry of Textiles is going to conduct National Sizing Survey dubbed as Size India to develop comprehensive size chart for ready-to-wear industry based on body measurements of Indian population. So far, 14 countries have successfully completed national sizing surveys that include US, UK, France, Canada, Spain, Germany, South Korea, Mexico, China and Australia.

Size India project

Size India project is scientific exercise where anthropometric data will be collected from 25,000 sample (with men and women in equal numbers) population in age group 15 to 65 years across six major cities. The six cities are Kolkata (east), Mumbai (west), New Delhi (north), Bengaluru (south), Hyderabad (centre), and Shillong (northeast).

The survey entail measuring statistically relevant sample size pan country using human safe technology of 3D whole body scanner, non-contact method of taking body measurements and analyzing collected data. It will create database of measurements that will result in standardized size chart which is representative of Indian population and can be adopted by apparel industry.


At present, in India, either US or UK size system of ‘Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large’ is being used, and people then go for fitting accordingly. But large percentage of population face difficulty in finding clothes that fit them perfectly according to their body measurements. This is mainly due to differences in anthropometric built of people in different geographical regions across the country.  But, this uniform size chart will have standard reference point for ready-to-wear industry and all India brands will have same size for person.

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018


Ministries of Power & Textiles join hands for SAATHI initiative

Ministries of Power and Textiles have joined hands under SAATHI (Sustainable and Accelerated Adoption of efficient Textile technologies to Help small Industries) initiative.

Under this initiative, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a PSU under Ministry of Power, will procure energy efficient powerlooms, motors and rapier kits in bulk and provide them to small and medium Powerloom units at no upfront cost.

Key Facts

The SAATHI initiative will be jointly implemented by EESL and office of Textile Commissioner on pan-India basis. It will be implemented in key clusters such as Erode, Surat, Ichalkaranji, etc. It is based on the aggregation, bulk procurement and financing model that EESL has successfully deployed in several sectors like LED bulbs, Smart Meters and Electric Vehicles.

Under this initiative, unit owner does not need to allocate any upfront capital cost to procure these equipment and also not need to allocate additional expenditure for repayment. The repayments by unit owner to EESL will made from savings that accrue as result of higher efficiency equipments and cost savings.


The aggregation of demand and bulk procurement will lead to reduction in capital cost and benefits of it will be passed on to powerloom units so that their repayment amount and period would reduce. Moreover, use of these efficient equipment will result in energy savings and cost savings to unit owner and they can repay in instalments to EESL over a 4 to 5 year period.


The Powerloom sector in India is predominantly an unorganized sector and has a large number of micro and small units which produce 57% of total cloth in country. There are total 24.86 lakhs Powerloom units in the country, most of them use obsolete technology.

Government is implementing INSITU upgradation of plain Powerlooms as part of Power Tex India Scheme with a view to upgrading the technology. Under it, plain Powerlooms are attached with process control equipment leading to higher productivity, better quality and more than 50% additional value realisation. So far, 1.70 lakhs plain powerlooms have been upgraded under scheme by providing government subsidy.

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018