New Delhi assures all help to Pasmina, Kani shawl weavers
NEW Delhi: Minister for forest, ecology and environment Chaudhary Lal Singh met Government of India’s textiles minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar here on Friday morning.
Singh briefed the Gangwar about the state crafts in general and the world famous Basholi pashmina shawls and Kashmir’s Kani shawls. He apprised him about several issues confronting the world famous craft and the weavers of the state.
“Our world famous Pashmina shawls can be improved and that too on lower costs, if the industry is provided with sufficient and improvised machines in the state itself,” Singh told the minister. The main problem of the people associated with this craft is lack of sufficient raw material he added.
Responding to the problems of Pashmina and Kani shawl weavers projected by Singh, the minister assured all possible help from the Government of India in further boosting the production of these handicraft products.
Gangwar assured Singh that the centre government would explore possibilities for establishment of raw material manufacturing units for Pashmina in Basholi and for other crafts in Kashmir province. The GoI minister informed that centre is making all out efforts to increase the number of weaver training centres for women entrepreneurs in the state, besides enhancing the funding for modern looms and opening up of Weaver Service Centre in Basholi.
The union minister also assured the minister that centre would provide all possible help to weaver community of Basholi and Kashmir under textile sector, so that they would be able to earn enough to live a dignified life.
Gangwar informed that Government of India is also initiating various empowerment programmes for women weavers across the country.