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New textile policy on the anvil in UP

The Uttar Pradesh government will soon bring a new textile policy incorporating innovations that will boost investment and increase employment generation capacity in the state.

A senior official said on condition of anonymity that the draft of the policy had been prepared and sent to the advisory committee of the government for its opinion.

“With the implementation of the new policy, investment in the textile industry in the state will increase further. Along with this, employment opportunities will be created,” the official said.

To start with, the process has been initiated for the acquisition of land for the establishment of Mega Integrated Textile and Apparel Park in Hardoi under the PM Mitra Scheme of the Union Textiles Ministry.

“The establishment of textile units in the park is likely to provide employment to about five lakh persons,” the official said.

He said there was also a proposal to set up an apparel park in Noida with an investment of Rs 3,000 crore. Land for developing the park has been arranged.

“About 115 export-oriented textile units will be set up in this apparel park with an investment of Rs 3,000 crore, which is likely to provide employment to about two lakh persons,” the draft of the new policy says.

The policy says that this region is full of skilled weavers but the irony is that because of Banarasi silk saris, the focus is only on Varanasi thus pushing the weavers of other regions into an unorganised sector.

“The Yogi government wants to bring them (weavers) into the organised sector to give respect to them and their skills,” the official said.

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