Rajasthan to train 35,000 workers in textile sector

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 13:40 hrs

Jaipur, Nov 24 (IANS) The Rajasthan government will train 35,000 workers in the textile industry over the next five years.

The training will be provided by the Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC) under a programme supported by the union textiles ministry and the Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment corporation (RIICO).

"Under the 12th Five Year Plan, from 2012−2017, ATDC−SMART plans to train 35,000 candidates with one SMART TOT Academy and a total of 25 ATDC−SMART centres," said Hari Kapoor, ATDC vice chairman, at the Vastra 2012 textile seminar held here.

"Rajasthan has a huge workforce, which gives it an edge over other states as an investment destination," Kapoor added.

The union government has also set up SMART (skills for manufacturing apparels through research and training) centres all over the country. Already ATDC has trained 6,800 candidates in Rajasthan in partnership with RIICO at 14 ATDC−SMART centres and skill camps.

The textiles and apparel sector is estimated to employ over seven million workers directly and 25 million indirectly, out of which 50 percent is estimated to be in the export sector.

The sector is expected to generate 17 million jobs in textiles and clothing sector in the next 10 years and will employ 9.34 million engineers, diploma holders, vocationally trained and other graduates.

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