As part of two-day programme, a two-member team from the Uttar Pradesh Government, Mrityunjay Kumar Narayan, the Secretary to UP Chief Minister, and Sunil Yadav, Assistant Director of handloom and textiles, visited garment manufacturing units at Nethaji apparel park in New Tirupur and other places to invite knitwear industrialists to invest in a textile cluster to be formed in their State. Ahead of UP Investors Summit, which will be held on February 21-22, the representatives presented their offers for the interested industrialists and had a discussion with members of South Indian Hosieries Manufacturers Association (SIHMA) at their office.

Comparing to other States, UP’s offers – subsidies in capital and machinery investments and transportation expenditures, tax benefits, employee provident fund and employee State insurance – were found to be attractive. The UP Government team said that they have planned to have special purpose vehicle (SPV) and textile parks to establish needed infrastructure, said ShashiAgarwal, Joint Secretary of SIHMA.

They have invited the industrialists to participate in their State’s investors’ summit. They may even have further visits here, if needed. Since Tirupur which has seemed to be attained saturation point in the knitwear business was posing labour shortage and other issues, the industrialists may look for investment options in the States like UP. With a significant part of the industry’s labour force is constituted of people from UP, Bihar, Odisha and North-Eastern States, it would be an advantage to get sufficient labour if such investments were made.

However, the industrialists have admitted that there was no significant migration of such investments in any of the states which were trying to attract the textile sector investments from Tamil Nadu, as it would not be easy for other States to replicate the Tirupur’s successful model.

Raja M Shanmugham, President of Tirupur Exporters’ Association said that the textile industry is one which can help to generate large number of employments, many States, of late, were trying to woo Tirupur industrialists. There would be expertise in each processes including embroidery and printing in the cluster, which could be thrived significantly with proper knowledge sharing.

S Govindappan, Vice-President of SIHMA, said that even if those States provide attractive investment offers, it would not be more difficult to get either skilled labour force or raw materials or processing units there. For instance, the Karnataka Government was trying to lure the industrialists to set-up units in an industrial estate in Chamarajanagar District on Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border, there were no takers. Uttar Pradesh was the seventh State to send its representatives. Earlier, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Odisha have sent their representatives to woo the Tirupur industrialists.