State receiving apparel supply demand from Mauritius: CM

IMPHAL,5th Sep: Chief Minister N Biren said that a Mauritius based company has recently sent an enquiry to the government with demand for supply of readymade garment on monthly basis. The CM was interacting with media persons during his inspection visit to the Apparel and Garment Making Centre, Lamboikhongnangkhong in Imphal West district on Wednesday.

Biren said that the building and machinery of the government-owned centre are being utilised by two private firms. Two units are run by Big Concepts Foundation Pvt Ltd, which is producing readymade garments in full swing. The other unit is run by Ningthibee Collections.

The state government is planning to sign MoU with the two local private companies within a week to work together on PPP model. Under the agreement, the government will provide requisite machinery and space while the private firms will make their own arrangement for raw materials and other production requirements.

With the demand for supply of readymade garments increasing, the state will need skilled workers, he said and added that around 10 trainers from Delhi would be training around 1000 youths of the state to start large scale production of apparels. Once the units start production in full capacity, the government will sign agreement with the foreign firm for regular supply of apparels, the CM maintained.

At present, the apparels manufactured in the Centre are made from raw materials imported from China. The CM also emphasised on including handloom products of the state as raw materials for production of garments in order to promote and develop handloom sector of the state.

Textiles, commerce and industries minister Th Biswajit, Manipur State Planning Board deputy chairman MLA S Rajen, MANIDCO chairman MLA Dr Radheshyam Yumnam, Sekmai MLA H Dingo, Yaiskul MLA Th Satyabrata, principal secretary (commerce & industry) P Vaiphei and other high ranking officials of the state government accompanied the chief minister during the visit.

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