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Efforts on to take textile industry to greater heights: Santosh Kumar Gangwar

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Saturday, 8 August 2015 ,Hyderabad : Noting that even small countries are catching up with India in the textile sector, Union Minister of State for Textiles Santosh Kumar Gangwar on Saturday said that efforts are on to give a right identity and direction to this industry to take it to greater heights.

Speaking on the sidelines of the two-day 17th Garment Fair organised by Garments Manufacturer and Wholesalers Association here, the Minister said, “We know that India should have topped the list in textile sector, but small countries are marching ahead. We are aware of this and are making efforts to give a right identity and direction to the Indian textile industry.”

Gangwar alleged that in the last ten years, the identity of the sector was associated with “irregularities” and noted that CBI had filed a case against the then Union Textile Minister and a probe is on.

“But now the process of transformation is taking place in the Indian textile sector. Only on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Handloom Day in Chennai. In the coming days, our intention is to ensure that the (textile) sector progresses in the right direction,” he said.

The Ministry of Textiles is now making efforts to revive the units under it (that are closed) in Mumbai and other places in the country, he said, adding the Centre has recently set up textile units in all states across north-eastern region.

Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya was also present on the occasion.

PTI