6 Handloom Exports Zones to be set up in TN: Ramesh

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Chennai, Jan 24 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh today disclosed six Handloom Exports Zones (HEZs) would be set up in Tamil Nadu this year.

Talking to newspersons here, the Minister said two HEZs would be commissioned in the next three months.

The first HEZ would come up next month at Kancheepuram and another in April at Nagercoil.

Three more HEZs at Tiruvannamalai, Virudunagar and Nagapattinam were being set up with the Centre approving one more HEZ at Tiruvallur.

His Ministry had sanctioned six crore rupees for setting up three design studios for handloom products.

Each studio would come up at a cost of two crore rupees at Kannur in Kerala, Erode in Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad.

''The Ministry of Finance will notify a separate HS (Harmonised System) Code for handloom and handloom products in the next two-three weeks.

''This will restore the classification of handloom and handloom products,'' he said.

Mr Ramesh said the first integrated textile park in the country would come up at Palladam in Tamil Nadu by next month at a cost of Rs 43 crore providing employment to 2,500 people.

Another textile park at Irungattukottai, near here, to be set up at a cost of Rs 26 crore would provide jobs to 10,000 people, he informed.

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