Textile sector Current Affairs
The 46th edition of world’s largest IHGF-Delhi Fair was held at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida from October 14 to 18, 2018. It was inaugurated by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Textiles Ajay Tamta. It was organized by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH). It saw participation by over 3200 exhibitors and visit of overseas buyers from over 110 countries.
The IHGF fair is held biannually and is organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts. It has played vital role in increasing exports of handicrafts from the country and has acquired special importance for handicrafts sector as overseas buyers find this fair as the most effective sourcing medium for their requirements and that the Indian exporting community considers this as the most effective marketing medium for their merchandise.
Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH)
It is apex body of handicrafts exporters for promotion of exports of handicrafts from country. It promotes supports, protects, maintains and increase export of handicrafts. It was established as non-profit organisation under Companies Act in 1986-87. It is also engaged in promotion of handicrafts from India and project India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality handicrafts. It is run and managed by team of professionals headed by Executive Director.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS) in order to ensure steady supply of skilled manpower in the labour-intensive textile sector.
SCBTS is a new skill development scheme covering the entire value chain of textile sector excluding Spinning & Weaving in organized Sector. It will remain operational for three years ending in 2019-20 with an outlay of Rs. 1300 crore.
Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS)
The objectives of SCBTS are to provide demand driven, placement oriented skilling programme to incentivize efforts of the textile industry in creating jobs in the organized textile and related sectors. It also seeks to promote skilling and skill up-gradation in traditional sectors through respective Sectoral Divisions/organizations of Ministry of Textiles and also provide livelihood to all sections of society across the country.
The scheme will have National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) compliant training courses with funding norms as per Common Norms notified by Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). The skilling programmes will be implemented through textile Industry/Units, reputed training institutions and Institutions of Ministry of Textiles/State Governments having placement tie-ups with textile industry/units.
The scheme will be implemented for benefit of all sections of the society across country including rural, remote, LWE affected, North East, J&K by imparting skills in identified job roles. It will also give preference to various social groups, SC, ST, differently-abled, minorities and other vulnerable groups.
Moreover, under this scheme segment/job role wise requirement of skill needs will be assessed from time to time in consultation with the industry. Besides, it will have web-based monitoring for steering every aspect of implementation of the programme.