Union minister Kishan Reddy thanks PM Modi for announcing mega textile park in Telangana

The minister added that Telangana was one of only the seven states in the entire country to benefit from this scheme.

BySouth First Desk

Published Mar 17, 2023 | 7:44 PMUpdatedMar 17, 2023 | 7:45 PM

Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy. (Supplied)

Union Minister of Tourism and Culture G Kishan Reddy thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing a mega textile park under the PM Mega Integrated Textile Regions and Apparel Parks (MITRA) Scheme in Telangana.

The Union Minister said, “I am grateful to the prime minister for announcing a mega textile park as a gift for Telangana. This is a boon for Telangana and benefits the entire value chain of 5Fs as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi — from farm to fibre to factory to fashion to foreign. The farmers and the weaving community in Telangana will benefit immensely [from this]. This will also create thousands of new jobs providing employment opportunities to our youth and entrepreneurs.”

He added: “Telangana is one of only seven states in the entire country to benefit from this scheme. On several occasions in the past, I had the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister and the Union Textile Minister Piyush Goyal regarding setting up the mega textile park in Telangana and I am happy that my efforts have come to bear fruit.”

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Writes to Telangana CM

On 14 February, 2022, the Union minister had also written to the chief minister of Telangana requesting him to take the initiative and avail the Central government scheme by submitting a strong proposal.

In his letter, the minister wrote, “Telangana is the land of textiles with multiple textile traditions and has several GI Tagged Handloom Textile Products such as Pochampally Ikat, Gadwal Sarees, Narayanpet Sarees, Siddipet Gollabama, and Durries. Recently the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) declared Pochampally, Telangana, the best Tourism Village. Pochampally is also on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative list as an Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India.”

The letter by Kishan Reddy to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao also stated, “Given the rich heritage of Telangana in the field of textiles, this scheme will prove to be a boon for the people of Telangana. I am confident that you will seize upon this initiative of the Union government and fully take advantage of it.“

The Central government is expected to provide Development Capital Support (DCS) for the project in the form of a Grant in Aid (Capital).

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DCS to be used for building infrastructure

This capital support is expected to be used to build Infrastructure such as internal roads, power distribution infrastructure, water and wastewater treatment, the development of plug-and-play infrastructure for textiles designers, apparel manufacturers, accessories manufacturers, and factory sites incubation centres.

The DCS can also be used for creating support infrastructure such as a common processing facility, Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), workers’ hostels and housing (especially for women workers), health facilities, training and skill development, warehousing, and logistics networks.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the setting up of the PM MITRA mega textile parks on Twitter.

The Prime Minister tweeted, “PM MITRA mega textile parks will boost the textiles sector in line with 5F (Farm to Fibre to Factory to Fashion to Foreign) vision. Glad to share that PM MITRA mega textile parks would be set up in Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, MP and UP. [sic]”

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