Tailoring unit in tribal area to boost female employment, Retail News, ET Retail

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Sambalpur: A garment manufacturing unit will be set up in the tribal-dominated Kuchinda sub-division of Sambalpur district of Odisha to provide year-round employment for women and also to increase their livelihoods , said an official. The garment factory will be set up in Ardabahal under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Traditional Industries Regeneration Fund Scheme.

It will be the first garment industry under the scheme in the state and Rs 2.79 crore will be spent on the project. The Union Government will bear 90% of the cost and the rest will be provided by the State Government.

An agreement will be signed on Wednesday between the Khadi and Village Industry Commission and the Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS).

“Up to 250 industrial sewing machines will be installed in the unit,” said Srimanta Hota, Deputy Managing Director of ORMAS Sambalpur.

The project will provide employment to more than 500 women from 50 Women’s Self-Help Groups (WSHGs). The women, who will receive sewing training, will earn as much as Rs 8,000 per month, Hota said.

Sambalpur District Collector Dibya Jyoti Parida and Kuchinda Sub-collector Aditya Goyal have already initiated the process and land for the project has been identified.

A target has also been set to make the unit operational by March 2023.

ORMAS will facilitate the marketing of the garments and approach educational institutions for the manufacture of their uniforms in the unit, Hota said.

“We will also take measures for exporting the garments in the future,” he said.

A trust named Ujjwala Apparel Trust has been set up to lead and manage the unit, he added.

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