With an aim to create skilled workforce to cater to the manpower shortage in the textile industry, the Union Ministry of Textiles has decided to create specialized training centres at eight locations in the country, including Malegaon, for training workers as sewing machine operators (readymade garments) and fully computerized multi-head embroidery machine operator.
Apart from Malegaon, the other seven centres are Kannur in Kerala, Bhagalpur and Ranagat in West Bengal, Nagry and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, Cuttack in Odhisa and Umergao in Gujarat.
The establishment of these eight centres at a cost of Rs 3.54 crore is initiated under the Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) launched by the Ministry of Textile during 2011-12 and will be run through its power loom service centres in the respective states in partnership with the local NGOs.
"In Malegaon, we have signed an agreement with Jadeed Anjuman Taleem Trust (JAT) for the purpose and already purchased sophisticated industrial sewing machines, other specialized custom built sewing machines and multi-head computerised embroidery machines," S. Subbayyan, assistant director, power loom development cell, office of the textile commissioner said, while talking to the TOI.
"The centre is expected to start the training programme during the second fortnight of June 2013," he said, adding that the Malegaon Industrialists' and Manufacturers Association (MIMA) will provide tactic support to run the centre successfully.
He further said that through these centres the ministry intended to provide training and develop the skills of 29,000 labourers in various textile fields within a span of five years.
"To achieve this task, in addition to the existing infrastructure facilities and machinery, the Ministry of Textile is in the process of expanding the facilities to impart high-end training to the workers so that they are able to handle even the most modern machinery, which would result in quantitative and qualitative production," he added.
Subbayyan said the duration of the training will be two months and a nominal fee will be charged from the learners. Besides this, certain provisions were also made to compensate the financial burden on the learners on successfully completing the course.
"Industrial visits will also be arranged for the trainees at regular intervals to get them familiarised with the production line and all possible efforts will be taken for placement of the trainees in the industry," he said.
"Regular facilitation programme will also be conducted for the trainees who wanted to set up their own units," he added.
The power loom service centres are already running training programmes in basic weaving, skill development in shuttle less weaving, fitter cum jobber, textile/fabric design and other such courses for the last one year.
"Since the inception of the training programme under the ISDS, the office of the textile commissioner has successfully provided training to 3,074 persons in various courses up to March 2013," Subbayan said.
Work is already on in Malegaon for establishing a textile cluster under the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and a common facility centre (CFC) under the Ministry of Textiles. Demand for a dedicated training centre for readymade garments and apparel in Malegaon has been pending for the last five years.
"The establishment of this training centre will boost the prospects of the local textile industry besides creating a skilled workforce. It will also help in value addition so that local products are processed and converted into finished goods locally for better returns," said Nehal Ansari of MIMA.
The textile industry in Malegaon is limited to manufacturing grey cloth which is sent for further processing to faraway places like Ahemdabad, Surat, Pali and Balotra.
Source: Times of India .
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