Guwahati, August 8: On Monday 3rd National Handloom Day was observed across the world. Jamia Millia Islamia University and the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting were also the participants who observed National Handloom day. MoS Textiles Ajay Tamta said that the Government of India is taking various initiatives for the welfare of handloom weavers.
To mark the 3rd National Handloom Day celebrations in Guwahati, Minister said that he not only appreciates but also salutes the handloom weavers for their commitment, dedication and skill. Handloom weavers should be able to earn due value for their produce, and that Government is working in this direction.
While enlisting various initiatives taken for welfare of the Minister also informed the weavers that the Ministry of Textiles has entered into MoUs with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) whereby children of weavers shall be able to avail school and university education, with 75% of fees being borne by the Government of India. Minister Tamta assured the Chief Minister of Assam that the Centre will do all that is required to support the state in advancing the welfare of weavers of Assam.
Addressing the audience, CM Sarbananda Sonowal thanked the PM Narendra Modi, for choosing Guwahati as the venue for the main event of 3rd National Handloom Day. He noted that more than 50% of total weaver population of India resides in North Eastern Region, most of who are women.
CM Sonowal stressed that the prime objective of holding National Handloom Day in Guwahati is to empower women and girls. Also spoke about the huge potential of Handloom sector in North East.
MoU was signed on the occasion, between Ministry of Textiles and Common Service Centres, under which weavers will be able to avail a wide array of Government services under one roof – from Weavers’ Service Centres (WSCs). The WSCs will henceforth serve as a one-stop centre for weavers, providing various services, including banking, passport, insurance, PAN card, voter ID and AADHAAR. Weavers will also be able to pay their electricity bills and undertake online courses at WSCs.
Also the Union Textiles Minister, Smriti Zubin Irani said yesterday that weavers will be able to derive the benefit of these services from WSCs, beginning this year itself.
Another MoU was signed where reputed textile designers will work closely with handloom weavers, passing on design assistance and knowledge. This is thereby expected to improve the market potential of the handloom products and improve the earnings of weavers.