by Apparel Resources News-Desk
11-January-2019 | 3 mins read
Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani recently addressed the participants of 51st edition of Know India Programme (KIP) in New Delhi. The edition of KIP has been scheduled from January 5th to 29th, 2019, in partnership with Gujarat.
The KIP is a 25-day orientation programme organized by the Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with the states of India. It is an initiative of the government of India with an aim to engage the students and young professionals of Indian diaspora in the age group of 18-30 to connect with their motherland.
The participants will also visit Gujarat for 10 days from January 10-19th January, 2019.
There are 40 participants, of which 26 are women from 8 countries of Fiji, Guyana, Mauritius, Myanmar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and USA.
Interacting with the participants of the KIP, the minister said that the textiles sector is the second-largest employer in the country after agriculture and the 70% of total work force are women.
The minister also spoke about different facets of textiles and Indian culture and heritage, and advised the young boys and girls to visit Dilli Haat to see the rich variety of hand-crafted items. She also advised them to visit different parts of the country to feel the pulse of the nation.
Since 2004, the Ministry of External Affairs has conducted 49 editions of KIP in which more than 1600 young Indians have participated from overseas.
In a separate development, she said that gender justice is part of India’s cultural discourse and it needs to be reinforced.
The Textiles Minister also drew the attention towards participation of women in India’s struggle for independence.
She said that women today are performing duties alongside their male counterparts in different vocations across the country.
The Minister stressed the need for on maintaining gender parity in all aspects of society. She informed that girls are outperforming boys in every competitive examination.
The Textiles Minister said the Government is in favour of providing 33% representation to women in Parliament and State legislatures, adding her party always supported the women’s reservation bill.