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Textile parks in Anantapur yet to be developed

May 26, 2021
Textile parks in Anantapur yet to be developed

Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh

The coronavirus pandemic affected all industries, including weavers and artisans comprising Anantapur district’s largest workforce. The apparel and textile parks being developed by the Andhra Pradesh government are incomplete.

No units have been established as of now and the only one started in Anantapur’s Rayadurg district is still empty. The establishment of apparel and textile parks was intended to increase employment and export of apparels and textiles. However, improper choice of site, delay in transferring of lands to the Department of Handlooms and Textiles, and incomplete infrastructure amenities and facilities has led to delays of 23-180 months in setting up the parks. There was a shortfall of 24-100% in setting up units and the employment generation shortfall ranged from 74-100%.

The Hans India reported that, according to a social activist, there is a lot of potential in the district to emerge as a textile hub and garnering employment if the present YSRCP government focuses on developing the textile parks and keeping weaving traditions alive.

According to a CAG report, both the State and Central governments are responsible for neglecting the handloom industry and the weavers for decades.

From 2002-03, steps were taken to develop textile and apparel parks, as well as export-oriented and integrated parks, focusing on the domestic market. The State took up 11 such parks.

Source - The Hans India

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