Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya asked Telangana government to submit new proposals to strengthen textile and handloom industry in the state.
“The Centre has earmarked Rs 6,000 crore as a special package for textile and garment sector to take it on par with Bangladesh and Vietnam, creating textile parks in the country helping in creation of infrastructure in textile sector, promoting fashion technology so as to give fillip to the production especially in small-scale industries,” Dattatreya said.
“The approval for a special package for employment generation and promotion of exports in textile and apparel sector will be for the generation of one crore jobs in this industry over next three years and, of this, 75 per cent would be women,” the Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment told reporters here.
The package includes a slew of measures, which are labour friendly and would promote employment generation, economies of scale and boost exports, he said adding the package would help in social transformation through women empowerment.
The Minister urged the Telangana government to send proposals to benefit out of these decisions. Places like Warangal, Pochampalli, Narayanpet and Gadwal can be developed under the new initiatives, he said.
Shortly, a meeting will be arranged with the Telangana Textile Minister and guidelines of the Central Government would be discussed.
As for the Employees Provident Fund Scheme Reforms concerned the Centre shall bear the entire 12 per cent of the employers’ contribution under the EPF for new employees of garment industry for first three years, who are earning less than Rs 15,000 per month, he said.
He also said there will be no inoperative EPF accounts in the coming days and with the usage of latest technology, every PF account will be linked to UAN number and Aadhaar. “The EPFO has settled all the pending cases as of now,” he said.
Speaking on the ‘Start-up India, Stand up India’ initiatives, Dattatreya said that around 18 lakh youths can get employment through this scheme.