The textile industry is expected to receive order to manufacture uniforms, parachutes, umbrellas, tents and safety shoes for the defence personnel
The Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) today was briefed by the Defence Secretary of India, Dr. Ajay Kumar, that the small scale textile industry in the state can contribute significantly towards the defence supply chain for textile requirement generated by the armed forces.
The textile industry is also expected to receive order to manufacture uniforms, parachutes, umbrellas, tents and safety shoes for the defence personnel. In a matter of pride for Gujarat and a shot in the arm for the Aatmanirbhar Bharat project, Surat textile industry may receive the orders to make fabric for uniforms for Army personnel.
The central government’s decision also comes as a huge opportunity for Surat’s textile businesses, which had collapsed during the pandemic-induced lockdown, to revive themselves. Before the lockdown, the fabrics were imported from different countries.
The ministry of defence has also informed the chamber that they also require fabric for coats, glacier mattresses, special sleeping bags, extreme weather clothing, gloves and socks among other things.
The vice-president of SGCCI, Ashish Gujarati said that if the textile units in South Gujarat can fulfil the requirements of Indian Army, then there is huge opportunity for the industry in the future. He also added that the chamber would impart the required information to textile industries in the region to accelerate the upcoming opportunity for the sector.