Smriti Irani announces a new weaver census on National Handloom Day

On the Occasion of second National Handloom Day, Union textile minister Smriti Irani, announced launching a helpline for the weavers apart from relaunching a fresh census for them.

Irani made these announcements amidst National Handloom Day celebrations and during the presentation of Sant Kabir Award and National Award for handloom weavers during a function at the Swatantrata Bhawan auditorium of Banaras Hindu University.

At the function she mentioned that weavers' census had not been conducted in the country for a long time. She felt the need for a new refreshed census owing to the fact that the same would then help the government to know the financial condition of the weavers, and will ensure that the same is worked upon to improve their present conditions. Also the refreshed census would mean reflecting on the current conditions more closely and finding out how much have the conditions of the weavers improved since the last census.

Irani announced launching a weaver helpline in order to ensure that the weavers pass on their feedback on the status of government schemes and also make direct complaints in case they are encountering any problem in availing such facilities. She invited companies engaged in e-commerce and trading to join the movement of providing platform to the weavers for getting better return against the sale of their products. She also announced holding markets of loom and other equipments for weavers with a facility to ensure easy loans.

Also as a part of the occasion several memorandum of understanding was signed. A memorandum of understanding was signed with the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship for upgrading skills of handloom weavers through the Weavers Service Centres (WSCs). Another MoU was signed with the National Institute of Open Schooling and IGNOU for providing educational opportunities to handloom weavers and their children.

Along with that a MoU was signed with NIFT for implementing revamped curricula to incorporate handlooms and handicrafts, and also to engage leading fashion designers to work with handloom clusters. Another MoUs was also signed with the Fashion Design Council of India and other designer groups so that reputed designers may mentor weavers through WSCs.


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