Ministry of Textiles19-December, 2011 15:05 IST
Exports of Handloom
Statewise details of production /sale and exports of handloom/powerloom products are not maintained

Statewise details of production /sale and exports of handloom/powerloom products are not maintained.  However, handloom and powerloom cloth production and  export of handloom products during the last three years is given below:






Cloth production

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** In the absence of separate ITC (HS) codes for handloom products, the export data before 2009-10 is not available.

The export data of exclusively powerloom products are not available, however exports textiles (excluding handicrafts, jute & coir) during 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 was   Rs. 89306.20 crore, Rs. 99704.34 crore and Rs. 113845.11 crore respectively.


            In order to promote export of handloom products, the Government of India has been implementing the following marketing and incentive Schemes: -


            i)          Marketing & Export Promotion Scheme

            ii)         Marketing Development Assistance Scheme

            iii)        Focus Market Scheme

            iv)        Focus Product Scheme

            v)         Market Access Initiative Scheme

            vi)        Duty Drawback Scheme.


            The Hank Yarn Packing Obligation prescribes that, every producer of yarn who packs yarn for civil consumption shall pack yarn in hank form in each  quarterly period commencing from January/March and in every subsequent quarterly period in proportion of not less than 40% of total yarn packed by him during each quarterly period of civil consumption, provided that not less than 80% of the yarn required to be packed in hank form shall be of counts 80s & below.


            The objective of Hank Yarn Packaging Obligation  is to ensure adequate supply of hank yarn at reasonable price to handloom sector and it  does not provide subsidized yarn.


            The items for exclusive production by the  handloom sector  are reviewed from time to time.  At present there are 11 items reserved for exclusive production on handlooms under the  Handlooms            (Reservation of Articles for Production) Act, 1985.  No review has been proposed at present.


  The Government of India is implementing  Integrated Handlooms Development Scheme to provide need based inputs to clusters of 300 – 500 handlooms or Groups of 10 – 100 weavers for making them self sustainable by providing them financial assistance for  margin money, new looms and accessories, design input, skill up-gradation, marketing opportunities etc.  So far 551 cluster projects and 2012 Group Approach projects have been sanctioned during the Eleventh Five Year Plan.


             In addition to the above, Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme  (CHCDS) has been introduced in 2008-09 with an objective to empower handloom weavers and build their capacity to enhance competitiveness of their products in the domestic as well as global market in a sustainable and reliant manner.  The scheme covers clearly identifiable geographical locations with at least 25,000 looms in which Government  of India’s financial  support would be upto Rs.70 crore.  Four such Mega Handloom Clusters have been sanctioned so far at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Sivasagar (Assam), Virudhunagar (Tamil Nadu) and Murshidabad (West Bengal) covering a target  group of about one lakh handloom weavers.


              Further, 20 large clusters, each covering about 5000 handloom weavers in each cluster have also been sanctioned with a Government of India contribution of Rs.2 crore for each such cluster.  This covers target group of about another one lakh beneficiaries.


   Regular monitoring of the schemes is being done through field visits, calling physical and financial progress reports and quarterly meetings with the State Directors in-charge of Handlooms so as to ensure optimum utilization of allocated funds for the benefit of handloom weavers.


This information was given by Smt. Panabakka Lakshmi, , Minister of State for Textiles , in a written reply in the Lok   Sabha today.




(Release ID :78893)