Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani, in an interview with ABP News said that India’s voice had been strongly heard for the first time at the International Court of Justice; something which had never been seen during the UPA government’s rule. She further said that she did not care if someone was a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporter or a Congress supporter. She said that irrespective of their political choices, they were all Indians to her and hence, would together give a befitting reply to Pakistan. On being asked about the 2 crore jobs every year, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised during his campaign for the 2014 General Elections and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s accusations that not even 2 lakh jobs had been created, Irani said that there was no real time data available about employment in the country.
Speaking about her own sector, the textile industry, Irani said that one of the biggest aims was to develop the garment sector. But the problem lay with taxes in various states. She said that the business owners often complained that they had to so much taxes that they could not possibly compete with the international standards. But for the first time under the Narendra Modi, government duty drawbacks had taken place.
She said the education ministry had developed schemes to give school education to children in a manner that if they could not go to school, the school would come to them. Speaking about improving employment and income in the textile industry, Irani said that it depended on the agriculture ministry for raw materials like cotton and jute. She expressed her gratitude to the agriculture ministry for accepting a few of their requests. She cited the example of jute farmers in West Bengal, a state that accounts for 78% of jute produced in the country. Irani said that they had asked the agriculture ministry to teach the farmers how to do inter-cropping in order to increase their income, which she said was the dream of PM Modi-to double farmers’ income by 2022.