National Technical Textiles Mission
In the year 2020, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the establishment of the National Technical Textiles Mission with a total corpus of Rs. 1,480 crore.
This mission will be implemented for a period of 4 years, starting from 2020-2021.
It is to be known that the proposal for the establishment of this mission was first proposed by Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman during her budget speech.
The main objective of this mission is to make the country a leader in the field of technical textiles and to increase the use of technical textiles in the domestic market.
This mission will have 4 components:
- The first component will focus on ‘research, innovation and development’ and this component will have an outlay of Rs 1,000 crore. Focus will be on education, training and skill development.
- This will include applications and research based on the development of fiber and geotextiles, agro-textiles, medical-textiles, mobile-textiles and sports-textiles, and the development of bio-degradable technical textiles.
- The second component will focus on the development, promotion and marketing of technical textiles.Under this component, the mission is proposed to increase the size of the domestic market from $ 40 billion to $ 50 billion by the year 2024.
- The third component will focus on export promotion, under which technical textile exports in the country will be increased from Rs. 14,000 crores to Rs. 20,000 crores by 2021-2022.
- Technical textiles are those fabrics which are manufactured mainly for the fulfillment of technical and related requirements in place of aesthetic features.
- Technical textile is widely used in the fields of agriculture, scientific research, medicine, military sector, industry and sports.
- Technical textiles are primarily defined as textile materials and products manufactured for technical performance and functional requirements, rather than aesthetic features.
- Technical textile products are divided into 12 broad categories based on their application areas: Agro-tech, Buildtech, Clothtech, Geotech, Hometech, Indutech, Mobiltech, Meditech, Protech, Sportstech, Oyekotech, Packtech.
Source – PIB