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There is no limit for the growth of cottage industry: Textile Minister

image There is no limit for the growth of cottage industry: Textile Minister
New Delhi, Jul 12 (KNN) The scope for growth of the cottage industry is unlimited, if the government simplifies procedures, takes decisions quickly without any red-tapism and gives financial support to artisans, said Textiles Minister Kavuru Sambasiva Rao today.

He said that the exporters have promised to take the export of handicrafts from USD 3.34 billion to USD five billion this year.

“But my ambition is much more.  If the government simplifies various procedures and takes the decisions quickly without any red-tapism, and gives some financial help to those artisans, providing them basic requirements, a shelter to live, provide food grains at affordable prices, some facilities to their children, and regular training, there is no limit for the growth of the cottage industry,” the minister said while inaugurating the sixth edition of the Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Show (IFJAS 2013) here.

The show was organised by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH).

He further said, “India has capacity to cater to all segments of the market that is high, middle and low end. It also has capacity of presenting variety of raw material bases, designs and prices to suit every dress and styles.”

In fact, buyers now prefer to alternate fashion jewellery and accessories rather than alternating their costumes which are expensive. 

The minister also urged the exporting community to innovate and improve their techniques and technology of manufacturing. They also need to improve their designs and presentation of products.

“We have to learn from our competitors various aspects of designs, manufacturing, finishing and presentation,” he added.

A book on Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Spring Summer and Autumn Winter collection was also released during the show. 

The show has around 205 exhibitors and product range on display are fashion jewellery, semi- precious jewellery, stoles, scarves, shawls, hand bags, clutch purses, belts, wallets, neck ties, beads, stones, crystals, head, hair accessories, fancy fashion footwear, tattoes and bindies. (GUNJ/KNN)
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