Ministry of Textiles20-March, 2013 15:57 IST
Problems of Weavers

The Government of India is aware about the constraints/ problems being faced by the handloom weavers throughout the country primarily due to low productivity, stiff competition from powerloom and mill sector, inadequate inputs supply and marketing facilities/channels as well as insufficient credit flow from institutional sources.

For the overall development of handloom sector and welfare of handloom weavers, the Government of India has taken various policy initiatives and schemes interventions like cluster approach, technological up-gradation, marketing promotion, revival of viable and potentially viable societies through loan waiver and recapitalization assistance, availability of subsidized yarn and credit, besides, providing health and life insurance cover to the handloom weavers. The following central Government schemes are available for the development of the handloom sector:-

1. Integrated Handlooms Development Scheme.
2. Marketing & Export Promotion Scheme.
3. Handloom Weaver’s Comprehensive Welfare Scheme.
4. Diversified Handlooms Development Scheme.
5. Mill Gate Price Scheme.

The office of the DC (Handlooms) and DC (Handicrafts) are functioning as attached Offices of the Ministry of Textiles with sufficient delegation of powers and functional autonomy to address the issues/problems pertaining to weavers and artisans and also for promotion and development of handlooms and handicrafts in the country. Hence, no need is currently felt to create a separate Ministry for weavers and artisans in the country.

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

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