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Textile park to be set up in Aruchal, assures Centre

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENCE

ITAGAR, June 28: The Centre has assured Aruchal Pradesh to sanction fund for establishment of a textile park in the state. Union Textile Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar has assured to sanction fund for the park when state Deputy Chief Minister Kameng Dolo called on him at New Delhi on Monday, an official release informed here today.

Gangwar said that the state government would be informed as and when the proposal would be cleared by the ministry and further advised the state government to submit a detailed project report (DPR) at the earliest.

When Dolo invited him to visit the state, Gangwar informed that he would be visit next month to iugurate the garment manufacturing unit at Pasighat in East Siang district. The union minister also disclosed that during his visit to state he would attend the Fair and Exhibition programme on Textile and Handicrafts, where he would announce many developmental packages for the state in the textile and handloom sectors.

During the meeting Dolo, who is also the Textile and Handicrafts minister, expressed his desire to establish weaver service centre in the state capital, the release said.

Dolo said, at present the Weaver Service Centre at Guwahati has been providing services to the state.

Justifying his demand Dolo said due to absence of such a centre, the poor weavers in the state are deprived from training and other facilities provided, whereas neighboring states like Assam, Manipur and galand are having such centres.

The deputy chief minister informed Gangwar that permission for single brand under ‘Make in India’ programme has been obtained from the IKEA, a Sweden based company for Bamboo products and its technical advisor Pratap Goswami is working on the project.

“Aruchal Pradesh is a zero-industry state in the country and without Centre’s fincial assistance, the state government is not in a position to meet the people’s demands and needs,” Dolo said.

Drawing the attention of union minister towards several pending proposals lying with the ministry, Dolo pleaded him to clear all pending proposals at earliest which would help the state government for creating job opportunities for the unemployed youths.

Responding to Dolo’s request, Gangwar informed that the ministry would release the second instalment under North Eastern Textile Promotion Schemes shortly after observing all required formalities.  

“The proposal for textile tourism at Poma near the state Capital will also be cleared,” Gangwar assured and added that the demands put by the state government were genuine and justified.

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