State to promote handloom sector as major cottage industry

JAMMU: Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash Wednesday said the state government would take a series of initiatives to promote handloom sector as a major cottage industry.
Chairing a review meeting of Handloom Development Department in Jammu, he listed a series of initiatives to be taken by the government for achieving the objective.
“The issue pertaining to filling up the vacancies in respect of technical staff shall be taken on priority so that the skill development programmes get a boost,” the Minister said.
Parkash said the issues with regard to issuance of WCCs to maximum number of weavers and creation of facilities for them by the financial institutions will be taken up on priority.
The proposed 4 per cent additional interest subsidy under WCC from the state sector will be taken up with the Planning and Development Department for early implementation, he said.
Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Director Handloom Department, T Angchok, Additional Director Handlooms, Kusum Badiyal, and senior officers of the Directorate and Jammu division attended the meeting.
The authorities told the Ministers that the Department is running 109 training centres in which training is imparted to candidates in handloom weaving, pashmina weaving, drugget making and readymade garments at the stipend of Rs 500 for elementary and Rs 700 for advance training.
“There are 503 registered cooperative societies in handloom sector out of which 257 are functional. The Department provides benefits like reimbursement of 10 per cent rebate on sale of handloom products and loans under the schemes of Micro Credit Plan, Weaver Credit Card, loan for looms, loan for sewing machine and share capital loan schemes,” they were told.
They said scholarship is also provided to the girl students from the weaver families, besides social security cover to weavers in the form of health and life insurance schemes.
The Director Handlooms highlighted the New Delhi-sponsored schemes like Integrated Handloom Development, Comprehensive Handloom Development, Marketing and Export promotion being run by the Department.
“Under IHDS, 12 cluster and 17 group approach projects were being implemented by Department, most of which stand completed in 2013-14,” he said.
“Under CHDS, one project of Handloom cluster for Udhampur district and three Group Approach projects for Loharna-Dachan and Padder in Kishtwar and Lukong Phorang in Leh stand sanctioned by GoI.”