Jharkhand to be developed as a textile hub: Raghubar

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said that the state would be developed as a textile hub as new opportunities for employment are being created in Jharkhand and said that in future more textile companies will start their plants in the state.

Addressing a function after inaugurating the first unit of Arvind Smart Textiles and performing foundation laying for the second phase he lauded the company for its quality in garment manufacturing. He said that after the phase 2 of the construction will be completed at an investment of Rs 300 crore production of 16 million tones of garments will take place and would generate direct employment for 7500 people which would include 80 per cent women.

The Chief Minister said that textile sector has potential to generate large scale employment for which the state government has also come up with the best textile policy in the nation which has now started showing results.

He said that in the policy there is a special provision to provide jobs to the women under which an additional subsidy of Rs 1000 would be provide for employment of a woman. He said that soon amendments would be made in the textile policy to encourage setting up of textile parks in the state.

Executive director of Arvind Mills Kunil Lalbhai said that such was the potential in textile sector of Jharkhand that it would soon leave behind Bangladesh. He said that keeping in mind the domestic and foreign demands of garments and fashion industry the company in the next four-five years would invest Rs 500 crore each year which would be in Jharkhand, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

Those present on the occasion also included Khijri MLA Ramkumar Pahan, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sunil Kumar Barnwal, Industries Secretary K Ravikumar, Director Industries Jeshan Qamar and others.

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