Union minister of textiles Smriti Irani with Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma during the foundation stone laying ceremony of Integrated Textiles Tourism Complex at Nongpoh in Ri Bhoi district

Shillong: The Union ministry of textiles has decided to provide skill development training to over 30,000 youths from Meghalaya under its ‘Samarth’ scheme soon.

Union minister for textiles Smriti Irani announced this while laying the foundation stone of an Integrated Textiles Tourism Complex at Nongpoh in Ri Bhoi district on Monday.

Irani dedicated the complex to “the cause of culture, art, handloom and handicraft” of Meghalaya and said that the government was committed to supplement the endeavour of state government in the development of textile sector.

She added that Rs 8 crore has already been sanctioned under the programme for skill development of 7,200 youths in Meghalaya in the textile sector.

Irani, who was accompanied by chief minister Conrad K Sangma, further said that under the handicraft sector, the government has created an identity card called “Pehchaan” to help the artisan avail of the benefits, including free tool kits for people coming from economically challenged background. Meghalaya already has close to 3,000 applicants for the particular programme.

“Meghalaya is one of the hubs of ‘Ahimsa’ silk. I urge you to promote the brand worldwide so that sericulture sector can be benefited immensely,” she said.

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Speaking at the function, CM Sangma said that the project will not only benefit the farmers and artisans involved in the textile industry but also boost the tourism sector.

“The complex will offer opportunity for tourists seeking unique experiences through leisure activities revolving around handloom and textile production. This innovative project will go a long way in ensuring that both the textile and the tourism sector develop,” he said.

Union minister Smriti Irani also interacted with some Anganwadi workers and children in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya on Monday

Irani, who also happens to be the minister for women and child development, interacted with Anganwadi workers and children during a visit to an Anganwadi centre in Ri-Bhoi district. The Union minister also inspected the under-construction campus of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).

Taking to Twitter, Irani wrote, “Blessed with breathtaking natural beauty of Northeast, the new Shillong campus will be the most picturesque NIFT in the country.”

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