Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani said that to develop environmentally friendly and cost-friendly alternative ideas, India’s innovative spirit needs to be established which can also be used to create employment opportunities. .
In a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Textiles to award the winners of the Textile Grand Challenge 2019, the Union Minister of Textiles said that the contribution of innovative ideas by the participants indicates that India’s heritage is steeped in equal opportunities for all. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech on Independence Day on 15 August 2019 gave a clear call to take decisive action for plastic waste management, keeping in mind the Ministry organized it.
Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani particularly stressed the need to upgrade textile machine technology in the jute sector and proposed to organize a grand machinery challenge for the textile sector to attract public attention towards new technologies.
The Textile Grand Challenge 2019 was organized by the Ministry of Textiles with the active support of the National Cotton Board and the Start-Up India team of the Department of Industry and Industrial Trade Promotion (DPIIT). The objective of organizing this historic event is the innovative ideas of start-ups/professionals to produce affordable and low weight carry bags using jute biomass, jute plant-based bio-polymer and cotton fiber waste to remove plastic bags. Had to be brought forward.
It is also an initiative towards ‘Self-reliant India’ and ‘Make in India’, under which (i) the option of once-in-use plastic bags and (ii) the use of domestically developed natural fibers i.e. jute and cotton Had sought innovative solutions for alternative and multi-use plastic bags.
A total of 67 entries were received for the Challenge, out of which 3 participants – 2 gave their opinion on the option of single-use plastic bags and 1 gave their opinion on the option for multi-use plastic bags. He was selected by the Ministry and awarded a cash prize. The selected/winning startups are M / s Avega Green Technologies, Pune; M / s Dhriti Biosolutions, Mysuru and M / s Sakti Nonvovens, Chennai.
Don’t think about using jute bio-mass, jute starch-based biopolymers and cotton waste fibre to make affordable, low-weight and sturdy non-woven carry bags for carrying grocery and shopping items. The awards were given at respective places and the ceremony was attended by textile secretary Ravi Kapoor, secretary from video conferencing, veterans of the textile sector in virtual mode.
Secretary in the Ministry of Textiles, Ravi Kapur said that under the guidance of Smriti Zubin Irani, the Ministry is envisioning a national level authority, which naturally has a lot of superior cottons, jute, rami, twine, white twine, banana and bamboo. Will consider development and promotion that can become the hub of plastic substitutes.
He said that awarding is the starting point for developing new start-ups and taking them to the next level, including helping them gain revenue and market for their products. He suggested that the Ministry of Textiles should prominently display facilities to such entrepreneurs participating in fairs and exhibitions around the world. This will help these entrepreneurs and products from India find new export markets. Praising all the participants of the challenge, he hoped that the new hackathon would be announced soon.
The Ministry of Textiles appealed to industry giants to pursue such newly developed ideas and technologies to help set up new ventures for the manufacture of such biodegradable and non-polluting bags and promote these new start-ups Can be given and new products can get market.