N D Mhatre
Director General (Tech), ITAMMA

  1. Product Linked Investment (PLI) Scheme for man-made and technical textiles sector, has given an opportunity for the development of machines and components, especially for working man-made textiles. These manmade fibres/yarns, due to their intrinsic characteristics such as strength etc., work easily at higher speeds as compared to cotton; however, at the same time, result in more wear and tear of machines and components which are presently used for cotton production. Production of man-made fibres will also add to the textile revenue, while that of cotton goes towards agriculture account.
  2. An additional capital infusion of Rs. 1,000 crore to Solar Energy Corporation of India, and Rs. 1,500 crore to Indian Renewable Energy Development  Agency, will promote responsible manufacturing, giving an opportunity in the manufacturing of green machines and components with cutting-edge technologies. Additionally, it will encourage R&D for the development of components with eco-friendly, user-friendly, and environment friendly properties and replacement of the components on the existing machines with the above properties.
  3. It is found that migrant workers usually shift to places with facilities for housing, medical, insurance, food, credit, etc. at the cost of their skills and talent. The health, housing, skill, insurance, credit, and food schemes for migrant workers will make them more secured, and bring their skills and talent on the surface so that new opportunities can be explored for their growth, ultimately making them Atmanirbhar under Skill India.
  4. The decision of allowing women to work in all categories, and also for night shifts with adequate protection, will help fill vacancies and create opportunities for the needy who were deprived of jobs due to social and statutory commitments.
  5. Elimination of proposed 400 old custom duty exemptions will support ‘Make-in-India’ for Atmanirbhar Bharat and encourage vocal for local.
  6. Reducing the BCD rates on caprolactam, nylon chips, and nylon fibres and yarn to 5%, will increase the manufacturing of industrial products from nylon, further increasing the demand of the machines and components for the same. However imposition of customs duty of 7.5% on Methyl Diphenyl Isocyanate (MDI) for the manufacture of spandex yarn. However, it will result in the cost of locally manufactured Spandex yarn.



  1. Scheme of Mega Investment Textiles Parks (MITRA) to create world class infrastructure with plug and play facilities to enable creation of global champions in exports, calls for a proactive role of Industry Associations and Government on following aspects with an objective ‘focus for world’
    - Accessories and Spares Depot
    - Technology scouting missions for Product/Design development through in-house projects with TRAs like NRDC, CSIR, ISRO, etc.
    - Textile Centres for rendering after Sales and Technical Services
    - Common Facilitation Centres (CFCs) - to facilitate conceptualization and implementation for projects, training of technical staff of manufacturers, organizing workshops and seminars, facilitate trials and feedback from user industry to enable rapid commercialization)
    - Export cells of Textile Engineers to promote Indian Textile Machines, Spares & Accessories in the Textile Producing Countries
    - SMART DATA CENTRE - Authentic DATA of Production, Export & Import of Capital Goods sector (Finished/Complete Machinery, Assemblies/sub-assemblies & Components, Hi-tech machineries and technology components) to help individual TE units in business, Engineering Associations in preparing strategies for its members, guide Research Associations and Industry Experts in Research and Turnkey Projects.
  2. A Special emphasis for the application of Geotextiles to be made especially for the roads at places having soil problems affecting the sustainability of roads against the natural calamities, with a separate fund allocation, further giving an opportunity for the manufacturing of Geotextile machines and their components. As under the Bharatmala Pariyojana project the allocation of Rs. 1,18,101 crore, (Rs. 1,08,230 crore for capital expenditure) to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (13,000km + 8,500km + 11,000km of roads) is made.
  3. Allocation of Rs. 40,000 crore to the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund, whereby the Micro Irrigation fund is provided with a corpus of Rs 5,000 crore under NABARD and additional Rs 5,000 crore, for boosting India’s cotton production. A special emphasis to be given for the application of fibre composite and technical textiles in building-up the irrigation systems, further giving an opportunity for the manufacturing of the machines and their components for these products.
  4. In the construction of affordable rental housing for migrant workers, emphasis to be given for the use of Technical Textiles and fibre composites for making them environment friendly.
  5. Raising customs duty on Cotton and cotton waste to 5% and 10% will encourage the local cotton producers, however it will demand for a good quality of cotton; as presently the superior quality cotton is imported from USA, Egypt, Australia, African countries, and Brazil which will now decline. (Para)There will be a demand of state-of-the-art machinery which will help in producing international bench mark quality yarn with high efficient productivity and good yarn realization.
  6. Ministry of Textiles (MoT) and Ministry of Heavy Industry (MoHEI) may jointly form a committee to recommend steps and request allocation of funds to boost the production of textile machinery and components reducing the imports, presently contributing to > 80% of total textile machinery (and)trade with the world and ultimately increase the Exports  which is presently is < 20 %.