SIMA hails the Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector

The Indian textiles & clothing industry being the second largest employment provider next only to agriculture required to train the workforce on a scientific basis and constantly upgrade the skills to remain globally competitive and also enable the employees to earn good remuneration.  Against this background, the Ministry of Textiles had earlier launched the Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) with a budget outlay of Rs.272 crores under 11th Plan and Rs.1900 crores in the 12th Plan.  Under this Scheme, around 11 lakh people got benefited.  The industry has been demanding to announce a special scheme not only for training the fresh workers, but also for upskilling and for the skill Upgradation of Supervisors, Executives, Managers and Entrepreneurs.  Now the Government has announced a comprehensive Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS) with a budget outlay of Rs.1300 crores for two years.


          In a Press Release issued here today, Mr.P Nataraj, Chairman, The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) has thanked the Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Union Minister for Textiles for acceding to the appeal of the industry and announcing the SCBTS.  He has said that the Indian textile industry has been lagging in productivity and counties like China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, etc., are much ahead in productivity.  He has stated that the new scheme would enable the industry to adopt scientific principles for upgrading the skills of the employees and achieve higher productivity.  He has said that the Scheme would also facilitate to cut cost and improve quality.


Dr K Selvaraju


Secretary General

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