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TEXTILE PRINTING-Inappropriate Technology

Inappropriate Technology INDIA is going to have the most sophisticated technology in textile printing. A plant coming up shortly in Uttar Pradesh, set up by a new company with foreign collaboration, will be the second in the world, says a countrywide announcement by the company, "to employ second generation electronic User beam for design engraving" and "the only plant outside Europe and USA to have the latest on press sleeve removal .system". Among the Third World countries, the advertisement goes on to proudly add, India will be the only one "to acquire and independently hold the knowhow of this sophisticated and closeIy-held technology, and so enjoy its varied advantages" The new process called "heat transfer printing" is said 10 "out- date every other fabric decoration technique", with a wide range of applications covering both knitted and woven apparel, stitch-bonded and non-woven fabric:;, as veil as blankets, furnishings, upholstery and carpels. Textile printing is one of the most labour-intensive ; ctivities and accounts for a sizeable share of the labour force encased in the textile industry which gives employment to the largest number of workers in this country next to agriculture. Use of ultra-modern machines for this activity cannot but have a serious impact on the employment potential which growth of textile industry holds nut. How does one justify the import of most sophisticated technology in an industry like this?

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