Textile major ready to style new Bihar

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  • Published 16.05.12

Patna, May 15: A second Rs 40-crore smile has appeared on the face of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

After Cobra Beer chairman Lord Karan Bilimoria, who set up a brewery at Bihta at a cost of Rs 40 crore, Raymond Limited chairman-cum-managing director Gautam Hari Singhania has set up a tailoring training centre on the ITI campus in Digha for a similar investment.

The centre, to be managed by Raymond Limited, is the first such institute in the country.

Like Bilimoria, Singhania, too, has more investment plans for Bihar. Replying to a query of The Telegraph, Singhania said: “It is my first visit to Bihar. Impressed with the state’s growth rate of 14.5 per cent, my company decided to open India’s first training centre to impart tailoring skills here. Bihar has a tremendous potential in terms of infrastructure.”

He added: “Yes there are more opportunities in Bihar in terms of investment. I will go step by step. We have come here to create an environment of employment. As I said Bihar has tremendous potential in the textile and garment sector, so I would surely like to extend my business over here.”

Praising the chief minister, Singhania said: “Under the leadership of Nitish Kumar, the state is on the path of development and the support of the Bihar government is overwhelming in setting up the tailoring centre.”

He further said: “The tailoring community is one of the key constituents of the textile and apparel industry. It is common knowledge that great fabrics can be made into great garments only by great tailors and Bihar has that calibre. However, it is important for tailors to be abreast of the styling trends and be able to implement them on a garment to suit customers’ taste, given constant upgrade in fashion.”

At present, the tailoring centre has admitted 150 unemployed and underprivileged youths, including girls, with the vision to encourage entrepreneurship.

Singhania said his company has also planned to extend Cattle Breed Improvement Programme, which runs under J.K. Trust Gram Vikas Yojana, apart from opening five more tailoring centres in Bihar in the next one year.

Formally inaugurating the centre on Tuesday, Nitish said: “I would urge Singhania to open a garment industry in Patna. We have already earmarked a place in Patna for setting up the textile, garment and IT industry. If you think the place is worth opening the industry, then go ahead, land is not an issue and we will give you all possible support. As you know we need three essential items — roti, kapda and makaan (food, clothes and house). We have managed to get roti and makaan, now we need good clothes and for that we need your support.”