TURA| Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on Monday inaugurated Meghalaya’s first state-of-the-art apparel and garment making centre at Ampati, not far from the Bangladesh border in Meghalaya’s Garo hills.
The centre, which was a “vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”, covers an area of 45,000 sq ft at Hatisil area of Ampati. The Rs 14.26-crore project was commissioned under the North East Region Textiles Promotion Scheme.
Modi, during his visit to Nagaland in 2014, had announced that an apparel and garment making centre would be set up in the North East that will create 1,200 jobs.
The centre, which came up in less than two years, has 105 sewing machines each in the first two units and 70 in the third unit. Its foundation was laid in 2015 by the chief minister and Union Minister of State for Textiles Santosh Kumar Gangwar.
Meghalaya chief Minister Mukul Sangma said the centre was built after taking into consideration Meghalaya’s proximity to neighbouring Bangladesh, which has immense marketing potential.
Sangma said it was because of Hatisil’s proximity to the neighbouring country and marketing potential that the State Government has decided to start a business incubation centre and industrial business centre at the place. “Our idea is to ensure that the whole livelihood opportunity is available in the backyard,” said the chief minister.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who was also part of the delegation to inaugurate the centre at Hatisil, said the Centre is focusing on Meghalaya, particularly Garo Hills, in creating job-oriented programmes.
Praising the quality of dyes in the North East, Union minister Irani urged local weavers to register with the India Handloom Board, which will connect them directly with multinational companies.
Multinational brands which have joined hands with the handloom board, purchased 4 lakh metres of cloth from weavers last year, she added.
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