Govt changes status of textile research associations

In consonance with the Government of India’s vision of “Minimum Government and Maximum Governance”, a leaner government machinery and the need for systematic rationalisation of government bodies, the Government of India has changed the status of eight existing textiles research associations (TRAs) from ‘affiliated bodies’ to ‘approved bodies’.
“All TRAs do hereby cease to be ‘affiliated bodies’ of the ministry of textiles. The eight (8) TRAs shall hereafter be ‘approved bodies’ for conducting testing, research and developmental activities related to the textiles sector,” a ministry of textiles resolution dated August 6, 2020 said.

From now on, any disposal/sale/transfer of assets created out of Central Government grant shall require prior specific approval of the ministry of textiles.

“In addition, officials of the ministry of textiles, Government of India, representing in the Governing Bodies of these TRAs are hereby withdrawn,” the resolution added.

It suggests that the changes may be included in the relevant bye-laws of the respective TRAs, under intimation to the ministry of textiles.

The eight existing TRAs are Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association (ATIRA), Ahmedabad; The Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA), Mumbai; Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA), Ghaziabad; The South India Textile Research Association (SITRA), Coimbatore; The Synthetic & Art Silk Mills’ Research Association (SASMIRA), Mumbai; Man-Made Textile Research Association (MANTRA), Surat; Wool Research Association (WRA), Thane; and Indian Jute Industries’ Research Association (IJIRA), Kolkata.

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