Being the second largest industry with a major contribution in the GDP of the country, the textile sector is one of the major employers and contributes to 14% of the manufacturing value. It has a major raw material and textile manufacturing base. It is also the largest single industry in India and among the biggest in the world accounting for about 20% of the total industrial production. It provides direct employment to around 20 million people.
The textile industry is one of the oldest industries in India, having a dominant place in the national economy, and accounts to around of one- third of our gross export earnings and provides gainful employment to millions of people. They include cotton and jute growers, artisans and weavers who are engaged in the organized as well as decentralized and household sectors spread across the entire country.
Adding a jewel to this crown of high production sector is the new thematic block printing park set up at Jaipur. This is sure to create a benchmark in the textile industry as a common effluent treatment plant (CEPT). The park is said to achieve zero discharge, and recycle and reuse around 90% of waste water. This plant with a capacity of 5 lack Litre has been backed and funded by the European Union with the vision of promoting sustainable development for the sector.
The Jaipur Integrated Texcarft (JITPPL) which has been set up under the SITP scheme that draws 40% subsidies from the Centre. The craft had been struggling after the court’s order to put an end to the industry's contagious effects on water and its depletion. The Switch Asia program of the European Commission has provided a sigh of relief with a grant of 15% of the investment to the units that are operating in the area.
The Switch Asia Program is already associated with 16 craft clusters and 30 textile parks in the country. With the second phase of the Go Green Program the project will employ lusters in Rajasthan like Pali, Churu, Jodhpur and Bagru.
The main aim of the program would be to develop an extensive knowledge of the cluster and create linkage of various policies and provide access to financial resources.