SEZs exports grow 30% to Rs 22,000 cr

New Delhi, July 26 | Updated: Jul 27 2006, 05:30am hrs
Exports from special economic zones (SEZs) have grown by 30% to Rs 22,000 crore in 2005-06, commerce minister Kamal Nath said. He said exports from SEZs have grown from Rs 18,309 crore in 2004-05 to Rs 22,000 crore in 2005-06, the growth rate being more than the rate of growth in overall exports.

At present, 28 SEZs are operational in India. Tamil Nadu is at the top with seven. Gujarat has five while West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have three each. 95 approved SEZs are in pipeline, Nath said.

Wastelands decrease in Rajasthan

Wastelands in Rajasthan have registered a decrease over the last two decades even as an arid area spread over seven districts of Haryana has been identified. Wastelands in Rajasthan has decreased by about 4.17 lakh hectares during 1986 to 2000 as per the mapping done by National Remote Sensing Agency, department of space, said minister of state for rural development A Narendra.

No proposal to increase working hours: govt

The government ruled out any proposal to increase working hours for workers. There is no proposal presently to increase working hours for workers, minister of state for labour Chandra Sekhar Sahu said. As per the Factories Act, 1948, no adult worker shall be required or allowed to work for more than 48 hours a week.

Scheme for textile parks launched

The government has launched a Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks to provide the textile industry with world-class infrastructure for setting up their units. This scheme is based on public-private-partnership and would facilitate units meet international standards, minister of state for textiles EVKS Elangovan said.