Ministry of Textiles Current Affairs - 2019
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The Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani launched, Scheme for development of knitting and knitwear sector under PowerTex India.
Features of the Scheme for Development of Knitwear Sector
- Out of the 487.07 crore outlay of Powertex India, ₹72 crore has been allocated to the scheme.
- The scheme envisions the creation of new service centres on public-private partnership (PPP) model by industry and association in the knitting and knitwear clusters.
- The scheme envisages Modernization and upgradation of existing power loom service Centers (PSCs) and institution run by Textile Research Associations (TRAs) and Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) Association in knitting and knitwear clusters.
The Minister also assured to look into the demand for creation of a Knitwear Mark to give quality assurance to the customers.
PowerTex India is a comprehensive and integrated scheme for power loom sector development. The components of the scheme are:
- In-situ Upgradation of Plain Power looms.
- Group Workshed Scheme.
- Yarn Bank Scheme.
- Common Facility Centre.
- Pradhan Mantri Credit Scheme for Power loom Weavers.
- Solar Energy Scheme for Power looms.
- Facilitation, IT, Awareness, Market Development and Publicity for Power loom Schemes.
- Tex Venture Capital Fund.
- Grant-in-Aid and Modernisation & Upgradation of Power loom Service Centres (PSCs).
- Scheme for Development of Knitwear Sector.
PowerTex India aims to boost common infrastructure and modernise the power loom sector in the country.
The Ministry of Textiles in association with Central Silk Board had organized an event, Surging Silk – Accomplishment and way forward on 9th February 2019 at in New Delhi.
The event was presided over by Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani and Union Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj was the chief guest for the event.
Surging Silk – Accomplishment and Way Forward
The Surging Silk – Accomplishment and Way Forward event was conducted to:
- Highlight the growth of the silk industry in India over the past 4 years.
- Distribution of Buniyaad Tasar Silk Reeling Machines to women reelers from tribal areas, as part of total eradication of the age-old practice of thigh reeling.
- Honouring the best achievers of the silk industry across various segments of sericulture.
- Awarding the best performing states.
- The release of melange fabric produced from silk waste.
- The launch of mobile application e-cocoon for quality certification in the silkworm seed sector.
- Releasing of a compendium on Indian silk industry which will be a comprehensive compilation on the status and growth of sericulture and silk industry of each state, plans and programmes launched by the government being implemented across the country and ethnic silk products supported with a directory of important contacts points, to have first-hand information of the industry.
- State sericulture profile.
The Textile Ministry had made elaborate arrangements for participation from different spectrum of the Textile industry in large numbers.