Ministry of Textiles18-July, 2014 16:27 IST
Living Standard of Handloom Weavers

 

 

As per handloom census (2009-10), there are 43.32 lakh handloom weavers and allied workers in the country. The State-wise detail is given in Annexure-I.

 To improve the living standard of handloom weavers  and sustainable development of handloom sector, the Ministry of Textiles, through various schemes and programmes, has adopted focused, flexible and holistic approach by facilitating marketing of handloom products, infrastructure development, brand building and empowerment of weavers by organizing them under self help groups, training and skill upgradation, infusion of new and contemporary designs through design intervention as well as product diversification, technology upgradation, easy access to raw material at subsidized prices and easy credit flow at low interest rate etc., besides providing better health care  and life insurance under welfare schemes. With this objective, following schemes have been approved for implementation during 12th Plan:

1.                National Handloom Development Programme- two components:

(i)             Comprehensive Handlooms Development Scheme ( 3 schemes of 11th Plan merged into this scheme.  These schemes were Integrated Handlooms Development Scheme, Marketing and Export Promotion Scheme and Diversified Handlooms Development Scheme).

(ii)          Revival, Reform and Restructuring (RRR) Package for handloom sector.

2.               Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme- two components:

(i)             Health Insurance Scheme for access to health care facilities

(ii)          Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana for life insurance

3.               Yarn Supply Scheme

4.               Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme

 

The details of schemes are given in Annexure-II.

 

Annexure-I

 

State-wise handloom weavers and allied workers as per handloom census 2009-10

Sr. No.

State

No. of handloom weavers and allied workers

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

 

Brief details of schemes  under implementation for Handloom Sector

 

 

NATIONAL HANDLOOM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP) is being implemented as a centrally sponsored programme for development of handlooms, having following components:-

 

Revival, Reform & Restructuring (RRR) package for the handloom sector

RRR package covers waiver of overdue loan 100% principal and 25% of interest as on 31/3/2010 and recapitalization assistance of eligible apex and primary weavers of the cooperative societies & individual weavers and also provides fresh loan at 6% interest rate along with credit guarantee for 3 years. The RRR Package was approved for implementation upto 28.02.2014. For providing access to subsidized term loan as well as working capital loan to handloom weavers not covered under loan waiver package, Government has approved Concessional Credit Component. The loan is sanctioned to weavers at 6% interest and GoI interest subvention is max.7% and to leverage the loan, Government provides margin money assistance upto Rs. 10,000 per weaver and credit guarantee through Credit guarantee Trust Fund for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE).

Comprehensive Handlooms Development scheme (CHDS)

CHDS has been formulated by merging the components of Integrated Handloom Development Scheme (IHDS), Marketing & Export Promotion Scheme (MEPS) and Diversified Handloom Development Scheme (DHDS), implemented during the 11th Plan.  Sub-components of the CHDS are as follows:-

                    i.            Development of handloom clusters of different sizes

                 ii.            Consolidation of existing handloom clusters in  2 years

               iii.Group Approach Projects

                iv.Marketing Incentive

                  v.Organizing handloom exhibitions, both in India and abroad for marketing of  handloom products

                vi.Strengthening of handloom organizations/institutions

             vii.Handloom Census

           viii.            Publicity, monitoring, supervision, training and evaluation of the scheme

HANDLOOM WEAVERS COMPREHENSIVE WELFARE SCHEME

This scheme has 2 components namely Health Insurance Scheme (HIS) and Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana (MGBBY). The HIS aims at enabling the weaver community to access healthcare facilities.  The scheme covers not only the weaver but the spouse and two children.  It also provides outpatient (OP) treatment facility. On the other hand, MGBBY aims to provide insurance cover to handloom weavers in the case of natural as well as accidental death and in cases of total or partial disability.   A scholarship of Rs.300/- per quarter per child subject to two children studying in standard IX to XII is also provided under MGBBY.

 

YARN SUPPLY SCHEME (YSS)

This scheme makes available all types of yarn at Mill Gate Price to the eligible handloom agencies and the transport and depot operating expenses are being borne by the Government of India. Further, to provide the subsidized yarn to handloom weavers in order to compete with powerloom and mill sector, a new component of 10% price subsidy on cotton hank yarn, domestic silk yarn and woollen yarn is also provided

 

COMPREHENSIVE HANDLOOM CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT SCHEME

Mega handloom cluster covers 25,000 handlooms and is developed at an upper GoI share of Rs.70.00 crore each in a period of 5 years.  So far, six mega handloom clusters at Varanasi, Sivasagar, Murshidabad, Godda, Virudhnagar and Prakasham (A.P.) have been taken up for development in handloom sector.

The information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Textiles Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

 

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