Gujarat’s Garments and Apparel Policy envisages achieving the complete textile and garment value chain from farm to fiber, fiber to fabric, fabric to fashion, and fashion to foreign markets. The main aim of the policy is to make full use of the cotton grown in the state. Entrepreneurs will be encouraged to invest in garmenting since the state has the advantage of being the largest cotton producer.
Under the policy, garment unit owners would get an incentive for generating employment in the form of subsidy in wages. While the subsidy amount would be Rs 3,500 per month for male workers, it would be Rs 4,000 per month for female workers.
Gujarat already has a large spinning capacity with 25 lakh spindles installed. Adding weaving and garmenting would make it possible to achieve the complete textile and apparel value chain. The aim is to provide employment to women and create investment opportunities in the complete value chain from cotton to fabric to clothing.
Some 16 new industrial estates will be set up under the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation. Spread across 2,400 hectares in 16 villages, they will have the potential to accommodate about 15,000 factories. A lakh of people are estimated to get employment. The state has extended its textile policy 2012-17 for another year.