Mumbai, India (PressExposure) June 18, 2009 -- Since the last year, the textile sector in Karnataka has been going through a tumultuous phase. More than recessionary pressures and liquidity constraints, it is the non-availability of skilled craftsmen that is hurting the small textile players in the state.
The business of SME units in the industry has suffered a major setback due to manpower shortages. Resultantly, these players have failed to execute their export orders on time, thus losing clients. However, this problem may soon get resolved as the state government is planning to scale up training projects for the textile sector in Karnataka.
State government to the rescue
In order to support the SME dominated textile industry of Karnataka, the state government has decided to undertake projects for imparting training to workers in the sector.
âFocus on enhancing the skills in the sector will certainly boost the employment generation capacity of the SME units. Training workers in the textile sector would also help small firms produce quality work within the stipulated time frame,â said MC Dinesh, Vice President of Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (KASSIA).
Apart from filling up the need for skilled craftsmen, the proposed training projects will also generate employment opportunities within the Karnataka textile sector. Due to the adverse impact of the global economic deceleration, nearly 5 lakh textile workers in the state lost their jobs in the last financial year.
âTraining assistance from the government will help the unemployed workforce to hone their skills and enhance their job prospects. Moreover, training will ensure greater job efficiency, thus aiding in cost optimisation and high-quality production. These are some of the key elements for retaining competitiveness on the global front,â commented KK Maheswari, proprietor of Badrivishal Textiles, a Kolhapur-based small textile company with a trading centre in Karnataka.
Given the grim job market scenario prevailing in the textile sector, the assurance of the Karnataka government to undertake training projects has come as a major relief for both the SMEs and workers pertaining to the segment.
However, these government efforts need to be supplemented with some proactive measures taken by the textile SMEs such as adopting in-house training modules and offering incentives to skilled employees, to improve the situation.
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