The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has given its approval to introduce the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for ten key sectors, including textiles, for enhancing India’s manufacturing capabilities and exports enabling “Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.”
The Indian textiles industry is one of the largest in the world and has huge potential for employment creation, boosting exports. The sector has been allocated Rs.10,683 crore focusing on MMF apparel and technical textiles.
Reacting to the development, Ashwin Chandran, Chairman, The Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA), has thanked the Prime Minister and the Union Textile Minister for including textile industry and allocating budget for improving manufacturing capabilities and boosting exports. The SIMA Chairman said in a statement that though India could become a major player in cotton textiles and exports, it was lagging behind in the MMF textile trade due to expensive raw material and high tariff barriers apart from cheaper imports from neighbouring countries.
Mr. Ashwin further said that the country had proved its capability by becoming the second largest manufacturer of PPE within a period of two months and enable the country to protect the people of the nation and the world from the COVID-19 pandemic. Under these circumstances, the scheme would greatly benefit the industry to attract huge investments and create jobs of millions of people. He said that around 40 HS lines in MMF garments and 10 HS lines in technical textiles account for around US $ 180 billion global trade and therefore the scheme would encourage the industry to make investment in the manufacturing of these high value-added products.