Smriti Irani is the union minister expressed her confidence that India will become Atmanirbhar in silk production in the upcoming two years. As being the Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development she talked about employment in the silk segment. It is believed that India will become self-reliant. In India about 97% of the raw mulberry silk is produced in the Indian States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal, Mysore, and North Bangalore. It is also true that the upcoming site of a US $20 million silk city, contributes to a majority of silk production. India is the second-largest producer of silk in the World. But with the introduction of this new aim of employment production in the silk sector, it is assumed that the country will become Atmanirbhar in the silk production.
The government aims in the employment in the silk sector
The Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development has informed that the government is now planning to produce employment for over one crore people. This is specifically in the silk sector. It will be done through the Krishi Vigyan Kendra program. Along with the more silk production in the country, this will also benefit the country in creating employment for the citizens. This will be a great step by the government which will be benefitted to most of the economy. Under this Scheme, she informed that more than 90 lakh people have got employment in raw silk production. Also, India’s raw silk production was increased by 35% in the last six years.
Memorandum of Understanding between the Textiles and Agriculture Ministry
Smriti Irani has announced the MoU between Textile Ministry and Agriculture Ministry. The minister has further added that this MoU will increase the agricultural income from 20% to 30%. She has also informed about the PPE kits in India which has become the second-largest producer in the world. She has also talked about the farmer’s income increase to 60% by adopting Agro Technical Textile.
Buniyaad Machine on Women’s day
On March 7, 2021, Smriti Irani has also distributed the Buniyaad Reeling Machines to women silk reelers. This was done to aim at eradicating unhygienic and outdated thigh reeling practices from India.