Jaipur: Mr Parsadi Lal Meena, Minister of Industries & State Enterprises, Govt of Rajasthan today said that the vision of the government is not only to provide a conducive environment for setting up industries but also to provide a sustainable platform for progressive growth of industries.
Addressing the inaugural session of 7th edition of the 5-day International Textile and Apparel Fair, ‘VASTRA-2020’, organized by FICCI, jointly with RIICO, Mr Meena said, “Rajasthan is soon going to implement one-stop shop to simplify the process of various approvals required by the industries in the state. The officers of the concerned departments will be available in the same office to fast-track the approvals. Our government is committed towards the growth of industries at a rapid pace and create more employment opportunities.”
He further stated that in order to attract more investments in the state, Rajasthan government last year released Rajasthan Investment Promotion Scheme. “The inclusion of the textile and garment industry in the thrust sector has further encouraged the industry,” said Mr Meena.
The Minister said that Rajasthan is one of the few states in the country that regularly conducts trade fairs. In the present situation when travel and social interaction is limited, the virtual edition of ‘Vastra’ will provide an apt platform to the textile and apparel industry to connect with the buyers of the country and to grow their business progressively. “One of the prime objectives of organizing Vastra is to display the textile and apparel industry of Rajasthan as well as the entire country in front of the world industry,” he noted.
Mr Kuldeep Ranka, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister & Chairman, RIICO said that different cities of Rajasthan including Jaipur (Sitapura), Pali, Balotra Jodhpur, Bhiwadi, Kishangarh have been constantly growing in the textile sector for many years.
“There are several export units established in these areas which are exporting to countries like the USA, Europe, Middle East and many other countries. These units have been working in different RIICO areas for long and they have tried to create a good ecosystem for exports with RIICO,” said Mr Ranka.
He added that due to COVID-19, the economy has been gravely impacted, particularly the exports. In tandem with efforts made by the Central and State Government for growth, RIICO has also announced relief packages for the entrepreneurs as well as many financial and non-financial incentives.
“Various training programs organized by the Government to fulfil the availability of skilled labour has also helped a number of people to get jobs. Women associated with the sector also have a major share in the skilled workforce and many women entrepreneurs are facing difficulties during this pandemic,” highlighted Mr Ranka.
Mr Ashok Kajaria, Chairman, FICCI Rajasthan State Council said that presently when business sentiments are down across the globe and physical events have been put on hold, virtual expos have opened up new avenues for generating new business. “Vastra-2020 will help in re-energizing and rebooting the textiles and apparel business across the globe. The main aim of the mega-event is to bring back the synergies and synchronize all the stakeholders on one platform for business generation,” he added.
Mr Kajaria said that over 500 buyers from 61 countries including Africa, Europe, America, and other regions have registered for the Virtual Expo. Similarly, over 80 companies are participating from garments, home furnishings, home textiles and fabric sectors.
The five-day ‘VASTRA-2020’ will end on 27th September and the portal will be live till 7th October.