Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani will inaugurate on Sunday an apparel and garment making centre here to be used for skill development, market linkages and management support. "The salient objectives of the project are promotion of entrepreneurship in apparel manufacturing; provision of state of the art infrastructure; provision of skill development; market linkage and other services; and creation of additional employment," an official statement said. The centre has been constructed under the North-East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) launched by Union Textile Ministry.
The project has been completed by the Manipur Handlooms and Handicrafts Development Corporation. Under this intervention, each state now has one centre with three units having approximately 100 machines each. The project is fully funded by the Ministry with an estimated cost of Rs 18.18 crore for one apparel center in each state. Each centre is estimated to generate direct employment for approximately 1,200 persons. The central assistance is towards construction of physical infrastructure, machinery for the units and towards capacity building of workers for a period of three years. The capacity building through this centre will include skill development (3 month training for 600 trainees per centre at Rs 10,000), market linkages (3 domestic and one international exhibition), EDP programme (1 month training programme per unit) and management support including design services (four persons for three years). The Manipur state government has allocated land measuring approximately 1.5 acre at Lamboikongnangkhong, Imphal for this centre.
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