Industries and Textiles Minister K. T. Rama Rao has directed the officials to take steps to cancel permissions accorded to firms operating from the Gundlapochampally apparel park if they are engaged in activities other than apparel manufacturing.
Officials should explore options for setting up training and skill development centre for artisans engaged in production of handicrafts at the apparel park. The Minister, who reviewed the developments in textiles sector on Tuesday, wanted officials to ensure that basic infrastructure required for facilitating effective functioning of the firms located in the apparel park was developed and the government was in favour of constitution of a corpus fund for taking care of maintenance and related aspects.
The government was working out plans to attract more investment to the apparel park located at Pashamailaram and the officials of the TS Industrial Infrastructure Corporation should take steps for putting in place necessary infrastructure. The Minister said the demand for handlooms was on the rise and the Telangana State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society should, accordingly, draw up plans to enhance the number of centres operated by the society at different places and re-brand the products in tune with the increasing demand besides hosting the details of the products online.
According to an official release, Mr. Rama Rao reviewed the progress of the schemes launched for weavers, including upgradation of the looms, and wanted the officials to appoint community coordinators, if need be, for effectively taking these programmes to the beneficiaries. Officials informed the Minister of the steps being taken for distribution of Bathukamma sarees to eligible beneficiaries and said the sarees would be available for distribution by the third week of September.