Union Minister for Textiles Piyush Goyal visiting the My Handloom My Pride on the 7th National Handweaving Day in New Delhi on August 7, 2021. Pic: GDP
Address an event on the occasion of the 7the National Handweaving Day on Saturday, Goyal said the country is committed to ensuring the sustainable development of the handloom sector, thereby financially empowering weavers and handloom workers and instilling pride in their exquisite craftsmanship.
The Minister announced the establishment of a committee made up of all weavers, trainers, equipment manufacturers, marketing experts and other stakeholders to recommend ways and means to achieve the goal and improve all the progress of the weaving industry. by hand.
Congratulating the National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC) for the establishment of three Handloom Craft Villages in Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala; Mohpara village, Golaghat district, Assam; and Kanihama, Budgam, Srinagar, together with the respective state governments, the minister said that he will not only provide additional attraction for domestic and international tourists, but also promote well-known handicrafts and handicrafts of the region, leading to an increase in the number of weavers. Income. He also advised NHDC to rejuvenate this industry with new ideas and the latest technological advancements according to changing requirements.
Goyal and Union Minister of Textiles Darshana Jardosh jointly inaugurated the Design Resource Center in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu and the construction of the Weavers’ Service Center in Raigarh, Chhatisgarh on this occasion. Virtual Buyer Seller Meet was also organized by NHDC.
Speaking on the occasion, Jardosh said this is an industry that is directly concerned with empowering women, with over 70 percent of all weavers and allied workers being women. She added that it is the responsibility of all of us to promote local artisans as part of the local initiative for the voice.
In his remarks, UP Singh, secretary of the Ministry of Textiles, said that an e-commerce portal is being developed in coordination with Digital India Corporation (under MEITY) for weavers and artisans. This will allow weavers and artisans to sell directly to consumers.
Singh further said that in order to support the loom industry and enable a larger market, steps have been taken to integrate the weavers into the Government Electronic Marketplace (GeM). This step would allow weavers to sell their products directly to various government departments and agencies. So far, around 1.50 lakh of weavers have been shipped to the GeM portal.
National level My Handloom My Pride Expo is ongoing at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi until August 15, 2021, hosted by NHDC to celebrate the 7the National Hand Craft Day.
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Measures must be taken to increase the production capacity of India’s looms sector from 60,000 crore to over 1,25,000 crore within three years, according to the Minister of Textiles, Trade and Industry, Piyush Goyal. He added that the target should be set to increase exports of hand-woven items from 2,500 yen crore to 10,000 yen crore in 3 years.