By Vijay Kumar Narayanan, Business InsiderThe Kerala government has been pushing to get more textile and apparel jobs, particularly in the textile and garments sector, in a bid to create jobs in the state, but it seems to be getting less traction.
A report by the National Centre for Science Research says there are currently only around 30,000 textile and textile production jobs in Kerala.
The National Centre’s report also notes that there is still a long way to go before there is a strong demand for textile jobs in India.
For instance, the report says that Kerala has around 8,000 garments-making establishments and a total workforce of over 2 million, but the number of textile jobs currently in Kerala is just 2,000.
There are more than 2,200 textile production companies in Kerala but they only employ around 1,000 people.
In fact, while the country has a lot of manufacturing, there is no textile production sector in Kerala that is growing.
According to the National Council of Applied Economic Research, the textile industry is one of the top six sectors in the country, behind other manufacturing and construction.
In addition to the lack of textile employment, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes has said that the number one reason for the unemployment of Scheduled Caste and Schedules is lack of investment.
In other words, it is the lack in investment that is the main reason why the unemployment rate in the State is at around 10%.
However, the NCSER report states that there are signs of hope in the sector.
According to the report, a new company is trying to enter the market, and the state government has given incentives to start companies.
So far, over 5,000 companies have registered with the state.
The report also says that the textile sector in the Kerala State is growing at a healthy pace.