The textile and garment industry in Tamil Nadu is looking for policy initiatives from the state government to help the sector thrive.

On Tuesday, Textile and Handloom Minister R. Gandhi met with industry representatives in the districts of Coimbatore and Tiruppur.

According to Ashwin Chandran, Chairman of the Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA), and T. Rajkumar, Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry, the Textile Policy released by the State government in 2019 has room for development. Technical textiles, mega textile parks, textile processing, and energy are some of the areas where the Policy has to be more focused.

Gujarat, for example, provides a lot of support for technical textiles. Tamil Nadu features a handful of technical textiles centres of excellence. Some areas of technical textiles, on the other hand, can be enhanced even further in the state.

These initiatives should be supported by the state government as well. Industry-friendly renewable energy laws that would attract investments, they argued, are another significant area that requires government help. The SIMA will soon present its Textile Policy suggestions to the government.

The Tiruppur district’s job-working powerloom weavers wanted a salary increase. “It’s been ten years since the job working units were updated. This is the most important demand we have. “Within a week, we will present our demand to the District Collector,” said Velusamy, president of the Palladam job working powerloom unit owners organisation.

In addition, the business has encouraged the government to prioritise worker housing as a significant project.