BW Most Influential Woman Of India: Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister, Ministry Of Textiles
Smriti Irani is union minister for ministry of Textiles. Earlier, she was also handling the additional charge of ministry of information & broadcasting. Smirti was born in a middle class Punjabi family of New Delhi. Prior to her political career, she was a star of Indian television and played many iconic roles.
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Scheme for Production and Employment Linked Support for Garmenting Units Scheme for Capacity Building in Textiles Sector (SCBTS) under SAMARTH yojna, integrated wool development program and schemes for powerloom sector have ben some of her initiatives that have taken Indian textiles to newwe heights.
Ministry of textile is believed to be a sensitive ministry in terms of multiple dimensions and stakeholders it involves. It is also a sector which impacts more than 45 million people in direct way and some 20 million households in the indirect way. She has very delicately handled the transformation phase during early days of GST implementation. There was no tax on cotton fabrics earlier. But, the union government has imposed five per cent GST on cotton fabrics and has also hiked from existing five per cent tax to 15 per cent GST on polyester fabrics. She has been pro-active to handle any unwanted situation in this labourer sensitive industry. Due to her continuous efforts the GST slabs have got down.
Smriti is known for her contributions toward woman empowerment and freedom.
Keeping in mind a possible slowdown in textile trade, she had asked stakeholders to get prepared for GST implementation from May last year. It is due to her efforts that textile industry which had was said to be politically protected under central excise, did not collapse or seriously affected small and medium scale enterprises involved in textile trade.