Ministry of Textiles - Year End Summary, PIB, Major Schemes, Achievements 2017 (Download PDF)

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1. First Mega International trade event- “Textiles India 2017” : Organized in Gandhinagar, Gujarat to showcase the incredible strength and range of India՚s textile and handicrafts industry. A total of 65 MoUs with an estimated value of more than ₹ 11,000 crore were signed during the event.

Ministerial Summary 2017 PIB (Current Affairs/Gs 2018)

Recommendations of conferences and roundtables during Textiles India 2017:

a) An inter-ministerial steering committee to oversee implementation of a Knowledge Network Management System (KNMS) .

b) An Inter-Ministerial Synergy Group on Man-Made Fibre (MMF)

c) A Task Force on Textiles India to steer follow-up action on various outcomes of Textiles India 2017.

2. Powerloom Sector:

  • “PowerTex India” has been launched on 1st April, 2017, with an outlay of ₹ 487 crores for three years to support 44 lakh workers/weavers.
  • Components relating to loom upgradation, infrastructure creation and concessional access to credit.
  • Potential to generate investments worth ₹ 1000 crores, employment for 10,000 people and will also result in higher returns to powerloom units.

SAATHI: ‘SAATHI’ (Sustainable and Accelerated Adoption of Efficient Textiles Technology to Help Small Scale Industries) was launched.

  • Energy Efficient Services Limited (EESL) would procure and provide these equipments to the workers at no upfront cost.
  • Scheme for Powerloom weavers for the age group of 18 to 50 years and Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana (AABY) for the age group of 51 to 59 years, effective from May 2017.
  • 72,378 Powerloom weavers have been enrolled/insured till November 2017.

3. Handloom and Handicraft sectors:

  • Deendayal Hastkala Sankul, the first ever state-of-the-art trade centre and crafts museum at Varanasi.
  • India Handmade Bazaar, an online portal to provide direct market access facility to artisans and weavers, was launched on January 29,2017.
  • Weavers՚ Mudra Scheme, which was launched last year to provide concessional credit to handloom weavers

Hastkala Sahayog Shivirs:

  • For the first time, a massive outreach programme for weavers and artisans was organized through Hastkala Sahayog Shivirs. 394 such Shivirs were held in 247 districts across the country.

MoU with M/s. CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. : The Ministry of Textiles signed an MoU on August 7,2017 to set up Common Service Centers (CSCs) in Weavers՚ Service Centres and handloom clusters.

MoU with Financial Corporations: An MoU was signed with National Backward Classes Finance Development Corporation (NBCFDC) and National Schedule Castes Finance Development Corporation (NSFDC) .

Educational facilities to children of handloom weavers:

  • Memorandums of Understanding were signed with IGNOU and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) to provide customized educational services to weavers.
  • Ministry of Textiles provides 75 % of the fee in case of SC, ST, BPL and Women weaver families.
  • Kamala Devi Chattopadhya National Award for women weavers was introduced.
  • Pushtaini Hunar Vikas Yojana was launched at Institute of Carpet Technology, Badohi.
  • On the lines of Bunkar Mitra helpline for handloom weavers, a dedicated helpline for artisans (helpline No. 1800 208 4800) was launched.


  • 21 leading e-commerce companies have been engaged for online marketing of handloom products.

    India Handloom Brand:

  • Indian Handlooms got worldwide recognition through India Handloom Brand (IHB) .
  • 23 garment manufacturers are working with IHB producers for sourcing fabrics from IHB-registered weavers.

4. Technical Textiles:

  • Technotex 2017, the 6th International Exhibition and Conference on Technical Textiles, was held.
  • Maharashtra was the host state while Gujarat, Jharkhand and Karnataka participated as partner states.
  • Eleven Focus Incubation Centers (FICs) in Centres of Excellence and in IITs (Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur & Kharagpur) have been established.
  • FICs will provide plug-and-play facility to potential entrepreneurs to enter technical textiles business.

5. Silk Sector

  • Production of Import Substitute Raw Silk in the country is expected to reach around 6,200 MTs in 2017 - 18.
  • The indigenous automatic reeling machines and Buniyad reeling machines were launched on March 8,2017 to increase quality and productivity.
  • An MoU for cooperation in sericulture sector has been signed between Central Silk Board and Guangxi Agriculture Department, China on July 1,2017 at Gandhinagar.
  • A state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence for training has been established at Bangalore.

6. Cotton Sector

  • India has emerged the largest producer of cotton in the world, with a production of 345 lakh bales in 2016 - 17. India is also the 2nd largest exporter of cotton.

7. Unlocking potential of North Eastern Region in textiles

  • 21 MoU to promote investment opportunities, business and R&D projects in NER were signed during the summit.
  • The Apparel & Garment Centre at Ampati, Meghalaya was inaugurated.
  • The Centre was set up under North East Textiles Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) .

8. Scheme for Promotion of Geotechnical Textiles in NER:

  • One road project of Airport Road, Manipur has been completed with the application of geotextiles.
  • The application of Geotextiles in the construction of two road projects - Khudrakpam to Taorem in Imphal District of PMGSY under MSRRDA, Manipur and Shillong- Nongstoin Road, Meghalaya - are under progress.

9. National Institute of Fashion Technology

  • A NIFT campus at Srinagar became functional in 2017.
  • USTTAD (Upgradation of Skills and Training in Ancestral Arts/Crafts for Development) project initiated in collaboration with Ministry of Minority Affairs will encompass 25 handicraft and handloom clusters.

10. Skilling in Textile Sector:

  • Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) , an employment linked programme for meeting the skill requirement of textile industry.
  • New skill development scheme “Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS) ” .
  • The scheme will be implemented for the benefit of all sections of the society across the country including rural, remote, LWE affected, North East, J&K by imparting skills in the identified job roles.

11. Research and Development Scheme:

  • “National Sizing Survey of India” for developing Indian standard size of apparel has been sanctioned to National Institute of Technology (NIFT) .
  • “Development of Value Added Textile Product From Different Fibres” in Himalayan Region has been sanctioned to the textile research association NITRA.

12. National Textile Corporation (NTC)

  • NTC has registered a net profit of ₹ 969.38 Cr. during 2016- ′ 17.

13. Web-based software system for Collection of Textile Statistical Return:

  • To collect necessary data from all textile units. Around 500 units have been registered on this web portal.

14. Swachhata Hi Sewa campaign:

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- Published/Last Modified on: January 7, 2018

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