Foundation stone laid for Apparel and Garment Making Centre (24-02-2015)
Minister of State for Textiles (I/C), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, laid the foundation stone for Apparel & Garment Making Centre at Dimapur, Nagaland today. He inaugurated a Weavers’ Service Centre at Toluvi, Nagaland as well.
The steps taken today reflect the Government’s intent to make development inclusive and participatory, based on the philosophy of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”. They also build upon the Make in India brand, so as to take the textile industry in the North East region to greater heights.
North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) of the Ministry of Textiles is a major initiative in the above direction. NERTPS is an umbrella scheme for the development of various segments of textiles, i.e silk, handlooms, handicrafts and apparels & garments. The scheme has a total outlay of Rs. 1038.10 crore in the 12th Five Year Plan.
A landmark initiative under NERTPS, for construction of apparel and garment making centres in North Eastern States, has been launched in Nagaland by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 1st December, 2014.
Under this, each state will have one centre with three units. For local entrepreneurs with requisite background, required facilities to start a unit will be provided in ‘plug and play’ mode. Once such entrepreneurs get established, they can set up their own units, allowing the facility to be provided to new entrepreneurs.
The project will be fully funded by the Ministry, with an estimated expense of Rs. 18.18 crores for each state. The central assistance would be towards construction of physical infrastructure, purchase of machinery and capacity building for next three years. Each centre is estimated to generate direct employment for 1,200 people. NBCC has been assigned the work of construction of centre and installation of machinery.