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Textile policy to benefit Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has a robust eco-system for manufacturing textiles and garments. Hence, a textile policy will help sustain as well as improve the existing production units in the state. Technology in manufacturing units will improve and make them more energy efficient.

The area under cotton in Tamil Nadu can also be increased. Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Telangana already have such policies in place, which are bringing textile investments into these states. States that have cotton offer capital subsidies, giving a price advantage to textile units. Textile units in Tamil Nadu have asked for skill development initiatives, promoting the ‘Made in Tamil Nadu’ brand and working towards the growth of the Tirupur, Karur and Erode clusters.

Other possible initiatives are supporting the e-commerce sector and promoting textile items made of manmade fibers. Spinning, handloom, power looms and garments are the four pillars of the textile sector in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu has a strong production base and accounts for about a third of textile production in the country. The state accounts for about 30 per cent of India's export of textile products. The net value addition in the textile industry in Tamil Nadu is about 37.5 per cent, the highest in the country.