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 Dayanidhi Maran takes over as Textiles Minister                                 


      Dayanidhi Maran Textile minister India
     Dayanidhi Maran
 Shri Maran born on   5.12.1966 is graduated in economics from Loyola College, Chennai. In the previous Union Government, Shri Maran was appointed Minister of Communications and IT on 26.5.2004 and held that post till 13.5.2007

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   Dayanidhi Maran takes over as Textiles Minister 
  June 5, 2009: Shri Dayanidhi Maran assumed the charge of Union Minister of Textiles . After assuming the charge, Shri Maran said that there are many challenges before  the textiles sector. The Government will impart momentum to this US$ 52 billion industry (US$21 billion exports and US$31 billion domestic market) by striving to achieve a growth rate of 8 to 10% per annum., the minister added. 
  The new Government is committed to transform what is today an emerging or sunrise sector, into a developed industry. Listing out the thrust areas, the Minister said that the new Government in coming years will focus to achieve the following major targets in textiles sector: 
(i) Strive to create one crore employment opportunities in the sector, 
(ii) Build world-class, state-of-the-art, manufacturing capacities; and achieve a dominant global standing in the manufacture and export of textiles and clothing. 
(iii) Equip the textiles industry to withstand the pressures of import penetration, and maintain its dominance in the growing domestic market. 
(iv) Enable small & medium enterprises (SMEs) to achieve competitiveness and enable them to face the global scenario with confidence. 
(v) Emphasis will be given to set up new centres of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in proximity to traditional textiles regions. 
 The new Government will design the following multi-disciplinary strategy to meet the above 
objectives, said the Minister: 
a) Consolidate the raw material base through the vigorous implementation of the Technology Mission on Cotton (TMC), the Jute Technology Mission (JTM), the Integrated Wool Improvement & Development Programme (IWIDP), and the Catalytic Development Programme (CDP). 
b) Continue with modernization and the technological upgradation of different segments of the textiles industry through the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS). 
c) Create a textiles-specific infrastructure by establishing Integrated Textiles Parks. 
d) Continue with and stabilize the process of fiscal reform, thereby encouraging fresh export and private investment in the Sector. 
e) Accelerate the process of leveraging the assets of PSEs to fund already approved rehabilitation schemes. 
f) Review and revamp the schemes being implemented for the welfare of handloom workers and handicraft artisans, and substantially increase the allocation in the Union Budget. 
g) Initiate measures to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), particularly in the textiles machinery  and in garmenting, synthetic and technical textiles segments. 
h) Liaise with the Organizing Committee of the 
Commonwealth Games to ensure concerted and meaningful representation of Indian handlooms and handicrafts. This will be achieved through live demonstrations by artisans, setting up of Shilp Bazaars at the games venues, Apparel designing for athletes and support staff by National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), and supply of gift memento and souvenir.   . - PIB 
Maran stitches up 100-day agenda for textiles 
  New Delhi, June 24 The Government on Wednesday announced a slew of  initiatives such as widening the coverage of Technology Upgradation Fund  (TUFS) Scheme, additional allocation of Rs 1,660 crore to the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) for procurement of cotton, and the setting up of a Working Group for National Fibre Policy to help evolve a fibre policy 
to address the conflicting concerns of all stakeholders. 
  Unfolding the Agenda for 100 days of his Ministry, as suggested by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Union Textile Minister, Mr Dayanidhi Maran, said at a news conference here that the work programmes spelt out in the agenda would help “maximise the productivity and welfare  of common stakeholders of this sector, which is the second largest employer after agriculture and accounts for 13.5 per cent of the total merchandise exports of the country.”  Mr Maran hoped these initiatives would help in the adoption of modern technology and work processes, enable industry to be globally competitive, build strong brand equity for its products and consistently record high growth rates in the years to come. 
  He said the initiatives include inauguration of two Integrated Textile Parks — one each in Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and Surat (Gujarat) — expansion of the coverage of the TUFS to benefit the decentralised sectors such as powerlooms and the small-scale sector, and extension of the scheme till the end of the Eleventh Plan (end-March 2012) and information technology initiative for e-marketing of handloom and handicraft products. 

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