SHILLONG, Nov 7 - The School of Livelihood & Rural Development (SLRD) has ramped its activities with the acquisition of the largest apparel and garment manufacturing unit in Meghalaya. Located at Hatisil near Ampatiin South West Garo Hills and covering an area of 45,000 sq ft, the unit was originally set up at a cost of Rs 14.26 crore by Union Ministry of Textiles.
The unit was set up under the North East Region Textiles Promotion Scheme (NERTPS), an umbrella scheme for the development of various segments of textiles, i.e. silk, handlooms, handicrafts and apparels and garments.
However, the factory remained idle for a year and a half while the two different agencies that the unit was allocated to failed to meet their commitment to start production.
It was hoped that that the centre would soon bring about economic development by creating employment for at least 1,500 people of the region after its establishment.
Meanwhile, production work has finally begun and will be ramped up in stages to meet the market demand.
“The apparel Factory has the required infrastructure to initiate manufacturing activities for apparel and accessories which will link with our other interventions in weaving and embroidery. The entire activity was initiated to ensure sustained livelihoods on an industrial scale”, says Abhijit Sharma, Mission Director, SLRD.
The sprawling centre has three units, two of them housing 105 sewing machines each, and the third one having seventy machines. This would not only require skilled individuals to operate machinery but also people for various aspects of production, packaging, and market linked activities.
The centre was inaugurated in early 2017 in the presence of Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani.
SLRD was finally awarded with the project in September 2018 in view of its active participation, and experience in rural livelihood.