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Government of India
Ministry of Textiles
26-April-2012 20:14 IST
Extension in implementation period and revision in allocation of funds in the Jute Technology Mission
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved extension of the Jute Technology Mission and revision in allocation of funds. This will give an impetus to the Jute Technology Mission for better agronomic practices and operationalise enhanced efficiencies of scale and latest technological practices in development of the jute sector.

The following has been approved:

(a) Extension in implementation period of the "Jute Technology Mission (2006-07 to 2010-11)" by two years beyond 2010-11 (i.e. 2006-07 to 2012-13).

(b) Year-wise reallocation of funds among the Missions while maintaining the overall grants at the same level as was approved by the CCEA vide its meeting held in June, 2006.

It will provide benefits to 0.37 million workers employed in jute mills and ancillary units as well as support the livelihood of around 4.0 million farm families through successful implementation of the Jute Technology Mission. Besides, it will help to modernize the jute industry and enable the country to reap the benefits of enhanced levels of jute diversification.

Background:

The Government of India launched the Jute Technology Mission (JTM) spanning a period of 5 years during the 11th Five Year Plan period (2007-08 to 2011-12) for overall development of the jute industry and growth of the Jute Sector. The Jute Technology Mission with a total outlay of Rs. 355.55 crore has four Mini Missions pertaining to agriculture research and seed development, agronomic practices, harvest and post harvest techniques, primary and secondary processing of raw jute, diversified product development and marketing and distribution.

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