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Textiles Minister launches ERP system to boost handloom industry

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New Delhi: Textile minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar on Sunday launched the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for the commercial activities of the National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC) which will benefit the weavers.

The ERP system will improve productivity, increase efficiencies, decrease costs and streamline supply of raw material processes in NHDC an official release said.

NHDC has thus become the first PSU under the Ministry of Textiles to have an ERP system, it added.

The ERP system will significantly benefit the weavers, who are the primary beneficiaries of the yarn supply scheme of Government of India; weavers will gain from quicker delivery of NHDC material, release said.

It will also result in higher transparency and accountability, making the corporation’s activities visible for all stakeholders, it added.

All processes – such as indenting, purchase order generation and invoice generation – will be performed through the ERP system itself. This reduces the lead time and also makes the system transparent. Any delay in the chain can be identified by the weaver, and by all other stakeholders. Procurement, inventory management and demand forecasting will also improve, resulting in high quality customer service, the official statement said.

Mills will also be integrated in the system, in order to ensure that indenting and order confirmation are a part of the online ERP system.Weavers can access the status of the despatch of the material from the mills such as the name of the transporter, freight, LR No etc, the release said.

ERP will be available in Hindi and local languages for the benefit of weavers. Calculation of freight and depot subsidy will be done by the system, bringing in transparency and faster claim submission, it added.

The system will provide real-time information on NHDC activities occurring in all the parts of the country, the statement said.

The Textiles Minister also laid the foundation stone of an Integrated Textile Office Complex at Indian Institute of Handloom Technology (IIHT), Varanasi today.

“The Government of India has decided to set up an Integrated Textile Office Complex (ITOC) at Indian Institute of Handloom Technology (IIHT), Varanasi,” it said.

The proposed office complex will house all offices in Varanasi under the Ministry of Textiles, which work for the welfare of weavers. (ANI)