Ministry of Textiles01-April, 2017 18:46 IST
Union Textiles Minister launches PowerTex India

The Government has launched PowerTex India, a comprehensive scheme for powerloom sector development, simultaneously at over 45 locations in the country. Launching the scheme in Bhiwandi, Thane district, Maharashtra, the Union Textiles Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani said that Bhiwandi will be known for resurgence in Powerloom sector. Recalling that the powerloom sector alone employs over 44 lakh people, the Minister said that the scheme will especially benefit small powerloom weavers.

The comprehensive scheme has the following components:
  • In-situ Upgradation of Plain Powerlooms
  • Group Workshed Scheme (GWS)
  • Yarn Bank Scheme
  • Common Facility Centre (CFC)
  • Pradhan Mantri Credit Scheme for Powerloom Weavers
  • Solar Energy Scheme for Powerlooms
  • Facilitation, IT, Awareness, Market Development and Publicity for Powerloom Schemes
  • Tex Venture Capital Fund
  • Grant-in-Aid and Modernisation & Upgradation of Powerloom Service Centres (PSCs)


On the occasion, the Union Textiles Minister and Chief Minister of Maharashtra launched PowerTex India helpline for any assistance in this regard. PowerTex India van was also flagged off for publicity of PowerTex scheme across the country.

The Minister and CM interacted with various locations like Malegaon, Ichalkaranji and Kolhapur in Maharashtra; Surat, Gujarat; Bhagalpur, Bihar; Erode, Tamil Nadu; Bengaluru, Karnataka; Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh; and others through video conference, as PowerTex India scheme was launched nationwide.


(Release ID :160404)