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New textile policy aims for $300-bn exports by 2025; to focus on handicraft

Approach involves incentivising expansion of production base for quality manufacturing of handicraft

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The new textiles policy will focus on a three-pronged approach to boost the growth of Indian handicraft sector, which is facing tough competition from international players.

According to sources, the approach involves incentivising expansion of production base for quality manufacturing of handicraft products used for interior decoration and lifestyle purposes.

"We are focusing on promoting premium handicraft products for the niche market along with preservation and protection of heritage and endangered crafts," a senior Textile Ministry official told PTI.

The new policy aims to achieve $300 billion textiles exports by 2024-25 and envisages creation of additional 35 million jobs.

The Textiles Ministry is currently engaged in consultation with stakeholders including states and working out the financial implications of the policy with its finance counterpart.

It had set up an expert committee headed by Ajay Shankar, member secretary, national manufacturing competitiveness council, for review and revamp of the 2000.

First Published: Sun, March 26 2017. 14:18 IST
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