“Identifying the textile industry as one of Tamilnadu’s high growth sectors, the study estimates that the current sectoral man power requirement, which is about 45-50 lakh people, is likely to touch 95 to 100 lakh jobs by 2015 . “CII says that the textile industry is highly influenced by government policy support, globalization and the impact of WTO, development in retailing and technology and supply chain integration. Tamilnadu is well positioned to capitalize on the post WTO scenario, since the State has an established textile industry base. Home to more than 40 per cent of the large and medium sized spinning mills in India, the State produces a third of the Indian spun yarn. It also enjoys a leadership position in spinning, weaving, knitted fabric and apparel segments . “The spinning, weaving and processing have matured as high capital intensive and low labour intensive segments of the textile industry while knitting and garmenting have evolved to be low capital and high labour intensive . “The CII study reveals that presently the spinning sector focuses on cotton procurement, adoption of modern manufacturing practices, eliminating wastage at all levels. This segment increasingly needs multi-tasking/multi skilling at the operator’s level and automation. However, it lacks personnel with commercial orientation in wastage reduction and good inter-personal skills at the junior level. It also lacks people with persuasive skills, team building, problem solving, knowledge on latest technological advances and commercial orientation at the supervisory level . “In weaving and knitting the skill gaps exist with non-availability of workers with interpersonal skills and quality orientation. Also, the industry finds it difficult to recruit supervisory staff with team building and problem solving ability, and knowledge on latest technologies. In processing, the industry needs workers with strong CNC operational knowledge, quality orientation, ability to operate computer-aided colour matching skills and maintenance skills. At supervisory level, the skill gaps identified are: managing attrition and expertise in sourcing needs to improve; team building and problem solving, technical knowledge . “In garments, the industry needs workers with good communication skills, active supervision, training skills and aptitude for repetitive jobs. At the supervisory level, the garment industry does not have enough people with communication skills, knowledge of fabrics and aptitude for active supervision . “The study expects the productivity levels in the textile sector to go up in the wake of increased competition, technology infusion and supply-chain dynamics . “Source: newstodaynet.com .