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Draft textile policy aims $300 billion exports

An expert panel constituted by the government on Monday submitted the draft of the new National Textiles Policy, which aims to achieve $300 billion exports by 2024-25, and creation of additional 35 million jobs by attracting investments. The blueprint termed as the draft Vision, Strategy and Action Plan to revitalize the textiles and apparel industry envisages an additional investment of $120 billion. It was presented to textiles minister Santosh Gangwar by chairman of the Expert Committee Ajay Shankar. "The Expert Committee identified basic concerns in textiles sector and identified the national priorities in the form of a Vision & Strategy and the Action Plan for attaining the targets set out in the Vision for exports, investment and employment by the year 2024-25," an official release said. "The Vision projects Indian textile and apparel exports to grow from $39 billion at present to $300 billion by the year 2024-25. This translates into additional investment required of the order of $120 billion and in the process around 35 million additional job creation is expected to take place," it added. The key objectives of the new National Textiles Policy include developing a vision statement of the textile sector for the next decade to treble market share from the current 4 per cent in the next decade. Keeping in view the various changes in the textile industry on the domestic and international fronts and the need for a road map for the textile & apparel industry, Ministry of Textiles had initiated the process of reviewing the National Textile Policy, 2000. Accordingly, an Expert Committee was constituted including leading industrialists from the textile sector to make fresh recommendations. The draft Vision, Strategy & Action Plan for Indian Textiles & Apparels (2024) will be put up on the website of Textiles Ministry for inviting online comments/suggestions. It will also be discussed in the forthcoming meeting with state Textiles Ministers. The draft Vision, Strategy & Action Plan for Indian Textiles & Apparels (2024) shall remain open for comments till August 18, 2014 after which feedback will be considered and a final Vision, Strategy & Action Plan would be finalised for seeking approval of Cabinet and adoption. Government aims to formulate a new improved Textile Policy to address concerns of adequate skilled work force, labour reforms, attract investments in the textile sector, and to provide a future road map for the textile and clothing industry.
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