The early morning nip in the air reminds you that winter is round the corner in the northern parts of India. But in the steps of Union Minister Shankersinh Vaghela there is an eternal spring. After all his Ministry has been performing well, and overall, Indian textile products and designer wear items are making a splash across continents.
Now, under the Ministerís able leaderdship, the Central Wool Development Board (CWDB), headquartered in Jodhpur, has earnestly taken up programmes for organizing woolen items expositions, both for promoting sales of wool and woollen products, as well as for providing better marketing facilities to weavers and spinners. Overall, the Ministry has tied up with the Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services to set up 25 textile zones across India.
Angora, Pashmina and Merino are the thrust areas for the CWDB. It will spend Rs 76 lakh in the current year for upgradation of wool testing laboratories. India, traditionally, has never really lacked in resources, it is in the implementation of policies that the country has been found wanting. Not any more, it appears.. With Vaghela at the helm, and given his track record politically and administratively (after all he has also served as Chief Minister of Gujarat), the wool industry is bound to perform, and flourish. We bring you insights into how the CWDB is setting a scorching pace for itself to meet the demands of the winters ahead, and shoring up its wholesale markets at Bikaner and
Cricket diplomacy works. Last month, a team of Indian Parliamentarians led by former Test opener Chetan Chauhan visited England to play matches against its counterparts as well as against the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Indian High Commission. These goodwill matches not only help in furthering the cause of trade and commerce, but off-field, the VIPs get a chance to discuss issues that affect both nations commonly. We bring you a round-up on the visit.
There was also a useful contact programme for youth brought about by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Under the aegis of the Ministry, 24 diaspora students from across the world had a first-hand experience on how institutions work in India.
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