The Synthetic and Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC) organised interactive meeting of its members and stakeholders from Surat cluster with Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce and Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Piyush Goyal, and Smt. Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles and Railways in Surat on 21 November 2022. Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce and Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Piyush Goyal, along with Smt. Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles and Railways have handed over the communication of the Government mandating the Synthetic and Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC) for promotion of export of Technical Textiles also, at the interactive meeting with 200 SRTEPC members, Stakeholders from Surat cluster and media. SRTEPC was set up by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India way back in 1954 to handhold the entrepreneurs for exports and promotion of exports of Manmade fibre and Manmade fibre blended textiles from the country. The current mandate of the Government to SRTEPC for promotion of exports of Technical Textiles has added an additional feather in the cap of SRTEPC along with the existing portfolio of promotion of exports of Manmade fibre and Manmade fibre blended textiles.  

Technical textile industry has been identified as the sunrise industry by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. Technical Textiles sector offers enormous potential for paradigm transformations in every aspect of modern world having wide horizon of applications ranging from agriculture to advance space applications.

Most of the Technical Textiles are made of Manmade fibres and SRTEPC has already been successfully promoting exports of the Manmade fibre and Manmade fibre blended textiles. Promotion of Technical Textiles will also get a proper and dedicated direction under the SRTEPC, and exports are going to touch greater heights. Hon’ble Union Minister also appreciated the initiatives and efforts made by SRTEPC in export promotion. 

Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles and Railways Smt. Darshana Vikram Jardosh during her speech informed the audience about various initiatives taken by the Government for supporting the textile industry and encouraging exporters including the National Technical Textiles Mission. Hon’ble Minister mentioned about PM MITRA Parks, PLI Scheme for Textiles, SAMARTH, RoSCTL, etc. Government has launched a National Technical Textiles Mission for a period of 4 years (2020-21 to 2023-24) with an outlay of Rs.1480 crores. The distribution of funds is (i) For Research Innovation & Development – Rs. 1000 crores, (ii) For Promotion and Market Development- Rs.50 crore, (iii) For Education, Training and Skilling- Rs. 400 crore, and (iv) For Export Promotion – Rs.10 crores and balance Rs.20 crores for administrative expenses.  

Shri Dhiraj R. Shah, Chairman, SRTEPC welcomed the Hon’ble Ministers for taking keen interest and agreeing to interact with SRTEPC members and stakeholders from Surat cluster. During his speech Shri Dhiraj R. Shah acknowledged the achievements of the Ministry of Textiles for the first time to achieve US$ 44 bn exports, under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. SRTEPC Chairman also categorically mentioned that this Government has for the first time recognised Manmade Fibre textiles as a growth engine for Indian Textile industry. This Government, first time in the history of India, had asked the Parliamentary Standing Committee on labour to look into the issues of MMF textiles which has led to successfully launching of PLI Scheme exclusively for Manmade Fibre Textiles segment. Chairman SRTEPC also appreciated and congratulated the Government for the Schemes like MITRA, SAMARTH, NTTM, RoSCTL RoDTEP, etc. Shri Bhadresh Dodhia, Vice Chairman, SRTEPC thanked the hon’ble Ministers for taking out time despite their busy schedules to interact with the SRTEPC Members and industry stakeholders from the Surat cluster.  Shri Bhadresh Dodhia also thanked the Members of the Council and industry stalwarts for making the interactive meeting a grand success.