Mar 12, 2018

Hon'ble Minister for Commerce & Industry Shri Suresh Prabhu Inaugurates CFC for Diamond Industry at Amreli, Gujarat

A Common Facility Centre (CFC) for the diamond industry that will give local artisans and small manufacturers access to state-of-the-art technology was inaugurated by Hon’ble Union Minister for  Commerce & Industry, Shri  Suresh Prabhu, at Amreli in Gujarat yesterday. The ‘Ratna Abhushan Suvidha Kendra’, as the Amreli CFC is known, is the third established by The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) in the state.

Also present at the inauguration were Shri  Naranbhai Kachhadia, MP, Lok Sabha, Shri  Pareshbhai Dhanani, Leader of Opposition, Gujarat Vidhan Sabha, Mr.  Manoj Dwivedi, Joint Secretary, MoC&I and other dignitaries.

Earlier, similar centres were established by GJEPC in Visnagar (February, 2017) and Palanpur (July, 2017). The CFCs will be instrumental in aiding in the technological and social transformation of the workers and small manufacturers engaged with diamond cutting & polishing activities.

Speaking at the inauguration, Shri Prabhu said, “The Ministry of Commerce & Industry is working closely with GJEPC to devise a plan with an objective to increase exports further  which will ultimately lead to increased employment generation in the country and especially in Gujarat. I am confident, Hon’ble Prime Minister will support us in our endeavours to retain this Industry’s dominant position at a global level.”

He stated that it was heartening to note that today India’s diamond export industry has attained leadership position worldwide and that the country exports over 90% of the diamonds polished here. “This indicates that diamond consumption in domestic market is minimal,” he pointed out.

Mr. Pramod Agarwal, Chairman GJEPC, said, “GJEPC is committed and aligned to our Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Skill India’ & ‘Make in India’. The CFC will provide the training to upgrade the skills of existing artisans which in turn will help acquire global recognition for best quality of the product and ensure that the new generation is exposed to the latest available technology and industry environment.”

The Chairman also announced that the next CFC will be established in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. GJEPC is also planning to set up more CFCs in Gujarat for the diamond industry at Navsari, Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Ahmedabad, and for jewellery at Rajkot. In addition, other CFCs are planned in different parts of the country, including in cities like Coimbatore, Delhi, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Kolkata, he added.

Mr. Dinesh Navadiya, Gujarat Regional Chairman, GJEPC, “The main aim of establishing a Common Facility Centre is to provide infrastructure facility mainly for the unorganised sector in Amreli and nearby villages / remote areas. It will provide access to common pool of high end & capital-intensive state-of-art machinery/equipment which is otherwise prohibitive for individual small & medium diamond manufacturer.”

The Amreli CFC is equipped with the following services:

  • Analysing & marking of rough diamonds
  • 4-P Laser processing of rough diamonds    
  • Screening to distinguish natural and CVD diamonds       
  • Cut analysis of polished diamonds.

These will help in improving output, quality and yield of the small & medium diamond manufacturers, GJEPC said.

In addition the CFC will offer re-skilling programmes for existing artisans in the form of short term training courses on various subjects, particularly related to cutting and polishing diamonds. Four to five such sessions will be conducted each year.

The CFC will also facilitate valuable structured interaction between stake holders through facilities for holding meetings; establish market linkages & broaden product & market base; and provide guidance and create awareness amongst the trade members on market trends and government policies.