Ministry of Textiles09-December, 2013 16:51 IST
Incentives To Weavers

As per the handloom census of 2009-10 total 43

 

As per the handloom census of 2009-10 total 43.31 lakh weavers are engaged in the handloom sector.   State-wise details of handloom weavers and allied workers is given at Annexure-I.    For the overall development of handloom sector including employment generation, the Government of India has been implementing various schemes / programmes such as Comprehensive Handloom Development Scheme (which includes Marketing and Export Promotion, Cluster Development and Development and Strengthening of Handloom Institutions), Revival, Reform and Restructuring Package, Institutional credit, etc. The Government of India also implements various training programmes under Integrated Skill Development Scheme to upgrade skills and employability of the handloom weavers.

No State Government except the Government of Andhra Pradesh has reported suicides by the weavers.  The State Government of Andhra Pradesh has reported 31 suicides by weavers so far in the calendar year 2013.   To address the problems being faced by the weavers, the Government of India has taken up various policy initiatives and interventions through schemes such as cluster approach, technological upgradation, marketing assistance, revival of viable and potentially viable societies, availability of subsidized yarn and credit, besides providing health and life insurance cover to the handloom weavers.

To provide concessional loan to handloom weavers, the Government of India had approved Institutional Credit scheme which is one of the components of  Integrated Handloom Development Scheme in December, 2011 and the Government provided margin money assistance @ Rs.4200/- per weaver, interest subvention  @ 3% for 3 years and credit guarantee through Credit Guarantee Trust Fund from Micro & Small Enterprises (CGTMSE).   Further in pursuance  to the budget announcement of 2013-14, the Government has now approved concessional credit to handloom sector at 6% and interest subvention by the Government of India will be maximum 7%.  The margin money assistance has also been enhanced to 20% of loan amount subject to maximum Rs.10,000/- per weaver.

The objectives of Revival, Reform and Restructuring (RRR) package is to open the choked credit lines of handloom sector by way of waiver of over due loans along with interest as on 31.3.2010 and provide the recapitalization assistance to eligible primary weavers cooperative (PWC) societies that they become functional and self sustainable and could access the fresh credit from banks for which Government of India also provided interest subvention and credit guarantee to such loan. Further, Government has recently approved modified RRR package with certain relaxations in eligibility norms of apex and PWC societies.  The scheme was to be implemented by 31st December, 2012.   The State-wise details of beneficiaries up to 31.10.2013 is given in Annexure-II.

Government of India has been implementing   Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme with the components viz. (i) Health Insurance Scheme; and (ii) Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana.  The status of both the schemes is as under:- 

The Health Insurance Scheme aims to provide the weavers and ancillary workers Comprehensive healthcare assistance for a wide range of ailments including a substantial provision for out patient department (OPD) services.     The Scheme is implemented through ICICI Lombard GIC Ltd. The annual cover per family is Rs.15,000/- out of which substantial provision of Rs.7,500/- has been kept for OPD.

The Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana aims to provide insurance cover to the handloom weavers in the case of natural as well as accidental death.  The scheme is implemented through LIC of India. A scholarship of Rs.300/- per quarter per child is available to students studying in standard IX to XII.  Benefits under the scheme are as under :

Type

Existing   amount (Rs.)

Natural death

60,000/-

Accidental death

1,50,000/-

Total Disability

1,50,000/-

Partial disability

75,000/-

 

State-wise weavers benefited under the scheme in the last two years and current year is  at Annexure-III.

 

The Ministry of Textiles had received requests/representations from various States and handloom organizations to relax the eligibility norms particularly, the condition of networth & transaction through banks under RRR package, to bring them back into positive networth after financially supporting them. The representations have been considered by the Government and Government of India has approved the modified RRR package with certain relaxations in the eligibility norms of apex and PWC societies under RRR package.  Further to provide working capital loan to weavers cooperative societies at concessional rate, the Government has approved loan to handloom sector at 6% interest rate and interest subvention upto maximum 7% will be borne by the Government of India along with credit guarantee through CGTMSE.


 

Annexure-I

 

Status of number of handloom weavers & allied workers, as per Handloom Census (2009-10)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

S. No.

State Name

 

Nos. of Total workers (2009-10)

 

1

Andhra Pradesh 

 

355838

 

2

Arunachal Pradesh

 

33041

 

3

Assam

 

1643453

 

4

Bihar

 

43392

 

5

Chhattisgarh

 

8191

 

6

Delhi

 

2738

 

7

Gujarat

 

11009

 

8

Haryana

 

7967

 

9

Himachal Pradesh

 

13458

 

10

Jammu and Kashmir

 

33209

 

11

Jharkhand

 

21160

 

12

Karanataka

 

89256

 

13

Kerala

 

14679

 

14

Madhya Pradesh

 

14761

 

15

Maharashtra

 

3418

 

16

Manipur

 

218753

 

17

Meghalya

 

13612

 

18

Mizoram

 

43528

 

19

Nagaland

 

66490

 

20

Orissa

 

114106

 

21

Pondicherry

 

2803

 

22

Punjab

 

2636

 

23

Rajasthan

 

31958

 

24

Sikkim

 

568

 

25

Tamil Nadu

 

352321

 

26

Tripura

 

137177

 

27

Uttar Pradesh

 

257783

 

28

Uttarakhand

 

15468

 

29

West Bengal

 

779103

 

 

Total

 

                                           4,331,876

 


Annexure-II

 

State-wise beneficiaries covered under RRR package (upto 31.10.2013)                                              

 

Sl. No

State

Apex

Primary weavers Coop.

number of individual weavers

Nos. of SHGs.

1

2

5

6

11

12

1

Andhra Pradesh

1

322

7792

0

2

Assam

1

942

2533

475

3

Bihar

0

0

1607

0

4

Chhattisgarh

1

140

138

0

5

Delhi

0

61

0

0

6

Gujarat

2

172

419

0

7

Haryana

0

2

69

0

8

Himachal Pradesh

1

71

370

26

9

Jammu & Kashmir

1

 

0

0

10

Jharkhand

0

27

369

0

11

Karnataka

1

142

603

2

12

Kerala

0

126

1114

0

13

Madhya Pradesh

0

28

210

2

14

Maharshtra

0

1

0

0

15

Manipur

1

0

507

1107

16

Meghalaya

0

0

24

0

16

Mizoram

1

69

51

0

17

Odisha

1

57

10740

2535

18

Punjab

1

0

4

19

Rajasthan

0

24

216

11

20

Sikkim

0

1

0

0

21

Tamil Nadu

1

590

520

101

22

Uttarakhand

0

1

47

2

23

Uttar pradesh

12

1004

21620

1150

24

West Bengal

0

293

1454

47

 

Total

25

4073

50403

5462

 


Annexure-III

 

State-wise weavers benefited under Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme:

 

Name of State

Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana

Health Insurance Scheme

 

2011-12

2012-13

 

2013-14

(upto Sept.,13)

 2011-12

2012-13

 

2013-14 (upto Sept.,13)

Andhra Pradesh

77378

74997

37494

140000

140043

41425

Arunachal Pradesh

0

0

0

1787

6000

903

Assam

54811

58607

21048

355322

387563

0

Bihar

0

545

204

46300

46300

11159

Chhattisgarh

1582

2695

0

4900

4953

3121

Delhi

3572

5736

0

500

00

0

Gujarat

5926

5766

0

5000

5018

3227

Haryana

0

130

0

23100

23000

3562

Himachal Pradesh

6217

6349

842

11900

12030

3972

J & K

468

616

116

15000

16265

1872

Jharkhand

0

0

0

15000

15002

4073

Karnataka

41448

42593

41967

45000

45000

25160

Kerala

11263

13359

589

18900

13084

5050

Madhya Pradesh

1464

1039

386

18030

15720

9955

Maharashtra

1086

1122

289

1527

1687

492

Manipur

16235

9334

221

34587

51135

16802

Meghalaya

14000

0

12062

30000

30919

5977

Mizoram

59

0

0

1129

1386

394

Nagaland

0

0

0

50000

39501

11405

Orissa

33195

33102

728

48300

46531

22468

Pondicherry

0

1765

0

0

00

0

Rajasthan

2986

2376

573

4965

4983

2565

Sikkim

104

180

0

400

342

64

Tamil Nadu

264992

244134

0

314253

270296

258198

Tripura

0

1000

381

21851

9367

6875

Uttar Pradesh

11449

9920

6044

202325

178316

30442

Uttarakhand

1423

819

240

4000

3297

1209

West Bengal

41906

34062

8851

352300

381714

269476

TOTAL

591564

550246

132035

1766377

1749452

739846

 

 

The information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Textiles Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

 

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