To revive silk, furniture units, Himachal Pradesh turns to NIFT – Tribune India

To revive silk, furniture units, Himachal Pradesh turns to NIFT – Tribune India

Dharamsala, August 31

The Himachal Pradesh General Industries Corporation (HPGIC) has signed an MoU with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Kangra, to revive Nurpur Silk Mills and furniture factories located at Bilaspur and Chambaghat (Solan).

Nurpur Silk Mills (NSM), established by the Punjab Government as silk centre of North India in 1964, was transferred to the Himachal Government in 1969. The venture was further transferred to the HPMIDC in 1971 and to the HPGIC in 1988.

The unit has been running into losses for around 30 years. Director (Industries) Rakesh Prajapati said the state government was keen on reviving the heritage unit and converting it into state’s silk hub.

The Furniture Factory, Bilaspur, was established in 1972 by the HPMIDC, which transferred it to the HPGIC in 1988. The unit manufactures office, household, school and college furniture. To meet the rising demand for modular furniture, the government has decided to modernise the existing factories.

On June 15, the HPGIC board decided to revive the Nurpur Silk Mills and the furniture factories. Prajapati said two MoUs were signed with Aakash Dewangan, Director, NIFT, Kangra, today.

As per the MoUs, NIFT would provide end-to-end support in preparing DPRs, besides mentoring the units’ revival. It would also provide support in product designing, marketing, etc.

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Published at Wed, 01 Sep 2021 00:22:30 +0000

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