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Bihar woos North India’s garment industry

Syed Shahnawaz Hussain

Chandigarh, July 21: Bihar has invited North India-based textile industry to set up units. The state’s Industry Minister, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, said they would unveil a textile policy soon.

Speaking at an interactive session with the stakeholders on draft textile policy for Bihar at the CII here on Tuesday, Hussain said, “Bihar is quite rich in handlooms and skilled artisans and there is immense scope for creating multiple textile hubs across the state.”

“Over the years, the workforce from Bihar has transformed from unskilled to skilled. As many as 70% workers employed at various garment clusters are from Bihar. If we want to march ahead of Bangladesh and Vietnam in garmenting, the industry must repose faith in Bihar as we have cheap availability of labour,” he said.

He emphasised the strategic location of the state for both domestic trade and exports, including to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries. He said most districts in the state were connected by roads and other networks with adjoining states.

He said a majority of workers who had returned to the state after the spread of Covid were from the textile sector and wanted a decentralised industrial setup that could enable them to work from their native state.

Source: The Tribune

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