The visit of the Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani to Tirupur knitwear cluster this morning seems to have boosted the morale of the exporters in the region.

After a brief visit to one of the units, the minister left for Pallipalayam near Erode. “She is expected later in the day; the minister will be visiting two more units in this knitwear cluster before visiting Arulpuram CETP plant and Palladam Hi-tech Weaving Park,” Tirupur Exporters' Association President Raja M Shanmugham told Business Line.

Sharing details of the Minister's discussion with the exporters, he said: “we sought the need for conduct of an annual Scientific Conclave in Tirupur. Such an event will help the scientific community understand the industry's needs as also help them showcase their inventions which the sector can put to productive use.

“At present, most of the research findings remain either on paper or is not transferred from lab to land. Such a conclave would help bring about a win-win situation for both the industry and the scientists. The transformation in the textiles sector is rapid.

“The minister, in response to this request, asked the textiles commissioner to follow up and get it done,” the TEA President said.

Yet another request that was placed before the minister this morning was for upskilling the workers in a scientific manner, Raja Shanmugham said and pointed out that the minister had promised to take up this issue with the Ministry of Skill Development.