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Piyush Goyal takes charge as Textile Minister

Jul 09, 2021
Piyush Goyal takes charge as Textile Minister

New Delhi

Piyush Goyal has replaced Smriti Irani to get the additional charge of the Textile Ministry along with Ministry of Commerce. Goyal will be assisted by Darshana Jardosh.

Goyal will be assisted by Darshana Jardosh who has been appointed as Union Minister of State in Ministry of Textiles. The Textile portfolio is expected to complement Goyal’s existing functions in the Commerce Ministry where the prime aim is to push the country's exports and build trade relations with countries across the globe.

This combination may support boosting India's textile exports at a time when the government envisions to make India self-sufficient and a global manufacturing hub.

Darshana Jardosh has held three consecutive terms in the Lok Sabha and currently represents Surat constituency. Along with Ministry of Textiles, Darshana will also work as Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

The textile industry, which has largely witnessed declining in export orders for conventional products, has seen a silver lining in the past one year as it has forayed in manufacturing and export of PPE kits.

India has recorded highest ever merchandise exports of $95 billion in April-June quarter of current fiscal year (FY22).

This is 85 per cent higher than exports of Q1 of 2020-21 and 18 per cent higher than the exports of Q1 of 2019-20. Based on improved performance, the government has now set exports target of $400 billion for FY22.


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