New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) Minister of State for Textiles E V K S Elangovan informed the Rajya Sabha today that the Government is working on a new plan to meet the demands of over four million skilled workers in the textile sector over the next five years.
In his written reply, Mr Elangovan said the Scheme of Neighbourhood Apparel&Textile Training Institutes for Job Assurance (NATIJA) has been formulated for establishing a network of employment-linked training facilities in basic garment manufacturing technology.
The Scheme is designed to meet the projected demand of four million trained workers required in the garment industry over the next five years and is to be operated in 400 centres at regional and sub-regional levels across the country on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model - Government of India, Industry Associations and State Government agencies being the partners.
The existing ITIs/ Polytechnics and other such institutes could be considered for locating such centres in the initial phase.
Creation of new training centres may be considered subsequently to meet the demand when required.
Regarding the time frame for implementation, the Minister further informed that no time frame can be indicated at this stage.