New Delhi: The government will come out with an action plan to increase competitive strength of the textiles sector and boost exports within four weeks.
The decision to set up an inter-ministerial group, headed by the Textiles Secretary, to work out a new competitiveness strategy for the sector was taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The goal of the strategy would be to leverage the strengths in cotton and other fibres to enhance employment generation and achieve a greater share in global markets, especially in apparel, an official statement said today.
"In order to expand the textiles sector which is labour intensive and contributes substantially to exports, the (high level committee on manufacturing) HLCM endorsed a new competitiveness strategy for the Textiles sector," it said.
It said that the core of the strategy was to facilitate the rapid scaling of competitiveness of the garment segment of the textile sector through a comprehensive package of measures.
"Some of the elements of the strategy include having ready availability of work space, having adequate and comfortable housing for workers, having more flexible work timings, leveraging textile clusters and obtaining the best technologies," it said.