Union Minister of State for Ministry of Textiles and also minister of state for Parliamentary affairs, water resources, River Development and Ganga rejuvenation, Shri Santosh Gangwar initiated three mega textile projects in Nagaland as a part of North East Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS).
The projects include:
- Eri Silk Development Project
- Apparel and Garment Making Centre in Dimapur
- Muga P3 Basic Seed Station Kobulong in Mokokchung district
The institution of Apparel and Garment Making Centre was announced by PM Narendra Modi in 2014 during his maiden visit to Nagaland for the inauguration of Hornbill Festival. It will be functional within 1 year. It is the first such centre in the entire North East region.
Also, the recently affirmed Eri Silk Development Project under NERTPS will aid in women empowerment and sustainable livelihood for Kohima district.
- The sericulture projects in Nagaland covering eri, muga and mulberry seri projects will be supported by centre. (Sericulture – It is the rearing of silkworms for the production of silk.)
- The task will advantage more than 5,000 cultivators occupied in plantation of these three assortments of silk.
Why Nagaland is chosen for these projects?
Handloom is the deeply rooted tradition in Nagaland. The unique designs and motifs shows the rich cultural heritage of the Naga people.
Capital – Kohima, Guwahati (Judiciary)
Chief Minister – T. R. Zeliang
Governor – Padmanabha Acharya
Official language – English