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1 cr jobs in textiles sector: Maran's promise

June 2, 2009 17:20 IST

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The UPA government will work on creating one crore (10 million) new jobs in the textiles sector and attract an investment of Rs 1.55 lakh crore in the next five years, Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran said after taking charge.

"We will equip the textiles industry to withstand the pressure of import penetration and maintain its dominance in the domestic market," Maran said.

Maran, whose tenure as IT and Telecom Minister was cut short in the previous government, has said this tenure is going to last for five years. "My agenda of creating one crore additional employment is for five years. I want to complete my five-year term this time," he said.

Text: PTI


Image: Dayanidhi Maran, Minister of Textiles
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When asked whether he was happy with the ministry allocation given the fact that the industry and telecom consumers were expecting him to come back in the IT ministry,

Maran said, instead of spectrum there would be "a spectrum of colours" in his new job. He said the target would be to work for an annual growth of 8 to 10 per cent in the $52-billion industry.


Image: A labourer carries a roll of cloth at a roadside dye factory in Siliguri.
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India's textiles industry, which employs largest number of people after agriculture, is going through a tough time with sharp fall in exports.

Maran said with exports on decline, the emphasis would be on increasing the domestic consumption. Out of the $52 billion, the domestic consumption includes $31 billion.

Image: A Buddhist woman wraps wool inside her shop selling ornaments and caps in Mcleodgunj.
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The Textiles Ministry is in liaison with organizing committee of Commonwealth Games to ensure representation of Indian handloom and handicraft at the ceremonies in the games next year.

Last year, the industry attracted an investment of Rs 30,000 crore (Rs 300 billion).

Image: Hope for textiles sector

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