The state’s first ever textile policy aims at generating employment for 12 lakh persons, offering subsidy to powerloom and handloom industry and ensuring that cotton is processed entirely in the state. A presentation of the policy was made before Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday. It will be submitted for the approval of the state cabinet this month.
“The policy aims at promoting handloom, powerloom industry in the state. They will be given subsidy, especially in Vidarbha and Marathwada districts where cotton in grown in large amounts,” Textiles Minister Naseem Khan said.
Officials said the state produced 92 lakh bales of cotton, most of which is sent to the adjoining Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat for processing. The aim of the textile policy is to ensure that the entire cotton produce in the state is processed locally.
The co-operative and private sectors will be encouraged to process cotton in regions where it is grown in large amounts. As many as 17 districts have been identified as main cotton growing regions and the government aims at encouraging processing units in these districts. It also hopes to generate revenue and employment.