GS Paper - 3 (Economy)

The textiles ministry on 17 January 2022 cleared 20 strategic projects worth Rs 30 crore in the areas of speciality fibres and geo-textiles under the National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM). The projects were approved at a meeting chaired by Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal.


  1. The 16 projects of speciality fibres approved include five in healthcare, four in industrial and protective, three projects each in energy storage and textile waste recycling, and one project in agriculture, apart from four projects in geo-textiles (infrastructure).
  2. The industry and academia connect is essential for the growth of research and development in technical textiles in India.
  3. The minister observed that building convergence with academicians, scientists and researchers is the need of the hour.
  4. The focus should be on the internationally high value-added products and building a structure of brainstorming around problem statements.
  5. In addition, inter-ministerial synergy is required for attracting mega research projects in the country.
  6. Previously, 11 research projects were cleared by the Ministry of Textiles on 26 March 2021.