India to soon have own standard of apparel size: Irani
Union Minister Smriti Irani today said Indian textiles and garments industry would soon get its own country-specific apparel size.
Addressing the 'Textile Conclave' at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gandhinagar, Irani said a study will be carried out before introducing the 'Size India' project for apparel measurement.
Irani said one of the biggest challenges is that India doesn't have its own standard apparel-size.
Not having measurement size chart is a challenge, says Irani
"In the apparel export segment, one of the biggest challenges is that the UK has its size, the US has its size, and Europe has its size of measurement. But, India doesn't have its size of apparels, such as 42, 44 and XL," said Irani.
Irani announces Size India project, 'first-of-its-kind in Indian history'
"I hereby present the Central government's resolve that 'Size India' project will soon be rolled out for the entire country, the first-of-its-kind project in the Indian history," Irani said, adding that a study will be undertaken for the project.
She said the Central government, led by PM Narendra Modi, has allotted over Rs. 1,800 crore in the last 4.5 years to Gujarat textile sector.
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Gujarat's textile industry received new Rs. 30,000 crore investment: Irani
The minister said the funds were allotted to upgrade the technology in the textile sector.
"Following this allocation, new investment of Rs. 30,000 crore came in the state's textile industry," she said.
Irani announced to carry out a study to gauge the domestic demand of the textiles market.
"Our country has a capacity to cater to huge demands, both domestic and overseas," she said.
Center will soon lay out statistical-study to categorize domestic demand
"Despite this, never before in the history of our country was a study done to ascertain the strength and the magnitude of our domestic market," Irani said.
She said the Center will soon embark upon a statistical study to actually categorize the domestic demand of the market "so that it becomes a base for the creation and strengthening of the industry".
Vibrant Gujarat Summit