April 24, 2019
Coimbatore : The Textile Ministry has prepared two reports on how to utilize the potential of technical textiles for the consideration of the new government at the Centre, a top official said Wednesday.
The ministry has entrusted the task of preparing the reports to two organizations, including the NITI Ayog. Both the reports are ready for being forwarded to the new government next month, Textile Secretary Raghavendra Singh said here.
Addressing the ‘National Conclave on Technical Textiles’ here,Singh said that reports focussed on the special utility of the technical textiles and on how to enhance this for other products.
Though there was a great potential for the technical textiles, the industry was yet to tap it. It needed to carry out a baseline survey to get the exact data, he said.
Besides, Centres of Excellence on technical textiles across India including two in the city, have more than 600 prototypes of the products, which the industry failed to adopt, he pointed out.
Another major need was skilling the people in the sector. The ministry plans to use the NTC Mills, some of which are lying idle, for this purpose, Singh said.
DRDO Life Sciences Director General, Ajay Kumar Singh said that there was tremendous potential for technical textile in the defence sector and also’ agriculture sectors, particulalrly for the use of soldiers and aircraft.
There was high demand for bullet proof jackets, fire retardants and also net and garments in the agricultural sector to prevent mosquitoes and insecticides, he said.
The conclave was organised by Indian Technical Textile Association, Southern India MIlls Association and Indian Texpreneurs Federation, in which nearly 200 delegates participated.