KTR Seeks Center Support for Handloom and Textile Department Initiatives in Telangana
Telangana IT and Industries Minister K Taraka Rama Rao has written a letter to Union Ministers Nirmala Sitaraman and Piyush Goel requesting support for various works undertaken in the hand weaving and textile sector in the state. KTR had previously written letters to the Union government on the same issues on several occasions.
Sanction of funds for Kakatiya Mega Textile Park (KMTP):
KTR has requested a penalty of Rs. 897.92 Cr for taking over the infrastructure works at Kakatiya Mega Textile Park in Warangal. He also called for quick approval of the project. He also urged the Union Government to finalize the policy of “Development of Manufacturing Regions for Textile and Apparel Sector (MRTA)” so that such large-scale projects like KMTP can benefit from it. appropriately.
He further said that the government of Telangana is developing the largest textile park in the country called Kakatiya Mega Textile Park (KMTP) on 1200 acres in Warangal which is expected to house state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities through the development strategy based on the ‘Fiber to Fashion’ Concept.
Penalty Mega Powerloom Cluster in Sircilla:
In the letter, Minister KTR requested the union government to sanction Mega Powerloom Cluster in Sircilla and sanction an amount of Rs. 49.84 Crores out of the planned expenditure of Rs. implement the components which include infrastructure gaps, modernization and expansion of production base, value chain strengthening, market development, skills development and capacity building and administration, studies and project monitoring costs of the textile park, weaving and Apparel Park, in Sircilla, State of Telangana.
Minister KTR said that the Telangana government, with the sole intention of creating jobs, is setting up a weaving park under the Worker to Entrepreneur Scheme and Apparel Park in Sircilla. In order to make the Sircilla textile park more viable, there are plans to restart CFC in the existing Sircilla textile park, he said. He also added that the Telangana government has contributed a significant share of Rs. 756.97 Crores in the project.
To establish an Indian Institute of Hand Weaving Technology (IIHT) in Telangana:
Minister KTR also urged the Union government. to establish an Indian Institute of Hand Weaving Technology (IIHT) in Telangana. “After the branch off of Andhra Pradesh state, the present Indian Institute of Hand Weaving Technology, Venkatagiri went to the residual state of Andhra Pradesh. At present, there is no such institute in Telangana state to offer diploma courses in hand weaving technology,” the minister said.
He also added that sufficient land with constructed building facilities is available at Handloom Park, Pochampally, Yadadri Bhongir district for the establishment of the IIHT.
Upgrading looms under the IN-SITU program:
Minister KTR also asked the Union government. for the upgrading of looms as part of the IN-SITU program. He said the government. from Telangana is willing to contribute 50% of the upgrade cost. Therefore, it is requested to provide an adequate budget to upgrade the balance of 13,886 electrical trades and sanction 50% from the government. of India’s contribution of Rs.13,88,60,000/- immediately and allow the program to be implemented continuously until the upgrading of the proposed trades is completed.
Minister KTR pointed out that 80% of the looms in the state are located in Sircilla alone.
Sanctioning Block Level Loom Clusters (BLC) under the National Handloom Development Program (NHDP):
The state government. submitted proposals to the government to sanction 11 block-level loom clusters under the NHDP. of India with the approval of SLPC with a total project cost of Rs 14.80 crore for the benefit of (2579) targeted beneficiaries, since the executing agency for the 11 BLCs proposed above is Telangana State Textile Complex Cooperative Society Ltd., (TSTCCSL), Hyderabad.
Other sanction proposals of four other BLCs with a project cost of Rs 6.02 crore are also submitted to the Indian government for sanction, for which the concerned primary weavers’ cooperative societies are the implementing agencies, added the Minister.
Minister KTR has requested the sanctioning of 15 loom groups at the bloc level under the NHDP. The 2nd tranche proposals for (8) block-level clusters are with the government. from India for a sanction of Rs.7.20 crores which may be sanctioned at an early date,” he said.
Minister KTR also requested the Union Government to continue BLC under the NHDP during the next five-year plan as the program is very helpful to the weavers for the overall development of handlooms in Telangana State .
It has also been requested to establish a national textile research institute and a handloom export promotion council in Hyderabad.
Request for relaxation of the bank financing requirement under the modified Technology Upgrading Fund (ATUF) program for large textile projects:
Minister KTR, on behalf of textile companies seeking to set up new textile manufacturing units in Telangana, urged the Union Government to ease bank financing requirements under the ATUF scheme for large textile projects.
“I would like to ask you to relax the term loan financing requirement of the project, from 50% currently, to 5% nominal of the project cost. This will allow companies to finance their projects in a manner appropriate to their size. and business needs while ensuring adequate project scrutiny by notified lending institutions,” said Minister KTR.
Minister KTR expressed the hope of receiving a favorable response for the benefit of the welfare of the weaving community and the state’s handloom and textile industry.
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