New Delhi: Seeing the deepening clouds of economic crunch in the United States and European countries, the Central Government has decided to give more impetus to the textile industry.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a high level meeting on Friday directed the Ministry of Textiles to address the immediate problems emerging in the sector and take effective measures to generate employment opportunities in the sector.

The initiative is also aimed at making the sector the next growth engine of the economy that would create maximum job opportunities.

The country's textile sector had suffered the most in the global recession of 2008-09. Millions of jobs were lost. Hence, the government is taking precautionary measures to avoid such a situation in future.

Regarding this the PMO has asked the Textile ministry to provide special technical training to 35 million workers across the nation and ensure that they avail it to the fullest.

As per the PMO directives, the Textile Ministry has geared up in formulating the specific action plan for providing special technical training, in collaboration with the industrial bodies, so as to attract more workers.

The sources said the Ministry has decided to complete the action plan within one month.

Expressing displeasure over the progress of the textile parks, PMO has asked the concerned departments to interlink the textile parks across the country.

40 textile parks are being set up in the country right now. The Central Government is spending over Rs 1,420 crore on these textile parks, while the private sector’s contribution is Rs 19,500 crore.

These textile parks will provide direct employment to over eight million people.

PMO has specifically asked the ministry to focus on textile parks in the North-East and Jammu and Kashmir.

JPN/Bureau