Scheme launched for devt of Knitting & Knitwear industry in Turupur, Kolkata & Ludhiana
Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani, launched a comprehensive scheme for Development of Knitting and Knitwear Sector under PowerTex India in New Delhi recently. Tirupur is the most important export cluster, followed by Ludhiana. More than 90% of the garment is manufactured in Tirupur are exported.
The Textiles Minister also interacted with industry associations related to knitwear sector in three clusters of Kolkata, Tirupur and Ludhiana through video link. In her address, Smriti Irani said knitting and knitwear sector is predominantly MSME in size and mainly located in decentralized sector and is one of the major employment generator sector. It also has a significant contribution on the exports of textiles. Knitting is a major segment in the entire textile value chain. The Minister further said that knitted fabrics contribute to 27% of the total fabric production in India and 15% of knitted fabric is being exported.
The Minister assured that to look into the demand for creation of knitwear mark to give quality assurance to the customers. The main components of the scheme are: Creation of new service centers on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model by industry and association in the knitting and knitwear clusters. Some of the major clusters in the knitted garment sector are Tirupur in Tamil Nadu, Ludhiana in Punjab, Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Kolkata in West Bengal.