Handloom is the most important and fast growing cottage industry in the state Manipur having highest concentration of weavers and also highest concentration on the possession of loom in the country. With the above potential, various promotional, development and welfare schemes has be implemented for the better earning and wellbeing of weavers of Manipur.
The primary objective of Handlooms & Textiles Section under the Department of Commerce & Industries, Govt of Manipur is to promote the socio-economic conditions of the handloom weavers and to work for the harmonious growth of this sector.
Over a period of three Five Years Plan, ie 2002-07, 2007-2012 and 2012-17, the Handloom sector has tremendously improved in all fronts.
Among many achievement and improvement, a few exemplary achievements are providing financial assistance to weavers to avail credit facilities from FI/Banks. The amount so provided to weavers deposited in the bank account of the agency or SHG.
The rate margin money under Deen Dayal Hathkargha Protsahan Yojana (DDHPY) implemented from 2002 to 2007 was Rs 4000 and Rs 6000 per weaver under Integrated Handloom Development Scheme (IHDS) from 2007 to 2013-14.A total of 18272 were covered with Rs 698.40 lakh in these two schemes with contribution of 10 pc as State share.
Skill Upgradation (Training), in order to facilitate weavers to switch over from low value items to better and high value added products, assistance for skill upgradation was given to 14497 weavers with Rs 471.80 lakh under DDHPY from 2002 to 2007 and IHDS from 2007 to 2014 as 100 pc funding of GOI.
Additional 11550 weavers will be trained by Rs 1262.41 lakh under Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) within 2017 with 10% as State share.
Common Facility Centre (CFC)will be provided in order to carry out common activities, like, warping, dyeing, pre and post-loom operation, a total of 115 CFCs were constructed with an amount of Rs 553.93 lakh under DDHPY from 2002 to 2007 and IHDS from 2007 to 2014 with contribution of 10 pc as State share.
New loom for loomless, accessories for new loom, jacquard and dobby for producing new designs were provided to 28412 weavers for amount of Rs 866.88 lakh under DDHPY from 2002 to 2007 and IHDS from 2007 to 2014 with contribution of 10 pc as State share.
In order to create a better working atmosphere with better light and environment, 17042 worksheds were constructed for the cost of Rs 600.67 lakh under Workshed-Cum-Housing Scheme from 2003-2006, IHDS from 2007 to 2014 and North Eastern Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) in 2014-15 with 10 pc as State share.
Group workshed with Solar Home Light are provided in order to enable the weavers to work in a group of 5-6 weavers, a total of 306 group worksheds were constructed and 306 solar light at the cost of Rs 1071.00 lakh were provided under NERTPS inclusive of 10 pc contribution of State share in 2014-15.Opening of Yarn Depots: For regular availability of yarn of requisite counts for a month, one-time assistance was provided as a corpus fund to the National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC).
It was to ensure supply of yarn to 117 Yarn Depots of 117 Handloom Clusters with a Corpus Fund of Rs 274.50 lakh under IHDS from 2007 to 2014 and NERTPS in 2014-15 as 100 pc GOI funding.
Employment to Unemployed Diploma and Degree Holders: In order to monitor, supervise and producing new and attractive designs, a total of 166 Diploma and Degree in Handloom Technology, Textile Technology and Fashion Technology and Fashion Designers were employed in 117 Handloom Clusters.
It was 100 pc Central assistance of Rs 1016.40 lakh under IHDS from 2007 to 2014 and NERTPS in 2014-15 .
Also Handloom Cooperative Societies were choked due to non repayment of outstanding loan overdue with banks and financial institutions. A total of 1641 cooperative societies were recapitalized with Rs 30.99 crore with waiving of loan in favour of 4 banks.
The GOI also announced Revival, Reform and Restructuring Package for Handloom Sector in 2012-14 with 10 pc as State share on two components, namely, waiving of loan and recapitalization of societies.
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