Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a strong pitch to re-establish Varanasi on the global map through revitalization of its traditional textile industry.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone of the Trade Facilitation Centre and Crafts Museum, and inaugurating the Powerloom Service Centre in this historic city, the Prime Minister said the Union Government is working towards revitalizing the textile sector through a scientific approach, coupled with infusion of appropriate technology.
He said this Centre that was envisioned in Varanasi, was the beginning of a comprehensive vision for this sector. He said this Centre would encapsulate the heritage of Varanasi at one place.
The Prime Minister said there is need to understand the changing demands and needs of the customer, and create new products which satisfy his need, to retain the customer.
Observing that after agriculture, textiles was the sector which generated maximum employment, the Prime Minister said that textile workers weave not just cloth; but through the harmonious nature of their workplace, they also weave the fabric of a cohesive, harmonious society.
He said this "Ganga Jamuni tehzeeb" was Varanasi`s heritage, and indeed the heritage of India. The Prime Minister also visited an exhibition showcasing the traditional arts and crafts of Banaras.