Perturbed over dwindling domestic sales and static exports, the shawl manufacturers based in the Northern region have sought the intervention of Textile Ministry to boost the sector. In a letter written to the ministry, they said the government should encourage research and development in this sector and at the same time promote skill development.
Earlier, the ministry had sought suggestions from the manufacturers to boost the industry. The letter highlighted the problems faced by the woolen sector, particularly shawl manufacturers based in Amritsar and Ludhiana in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. The shawl sector is mostly dominated by SME sector.
In the letter, Shawl Club (India), an association of Woolmark shawls licensees in India, has written that a Wool Technology Centre may be created at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and specialized courses on wool may be offered to train students exclusively for this sector. “Such centre will act as a bridge between the research and teaching programmes and any centralized processing facility, which may be created for the use of wool processors,” said Piara Lala Seth, general secretary of the club. They also said the textile industry as a whole and shawl manufacturers in particular were facing shortage of trained manpower.
They said there was a need for coordination between industry, research and development of products and manpower with updated skills. This will go a long way in creating better opportunities for the growth of industry. They said there was a need to boost R & D for developing innovative products by blending wool with other textile components and development of new wool processing technologies.
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