Centre seeks project proposal for handloom cluster

Published: 06th October 2012 11:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th October 2012 11:52 AM   |  A+A-

The Textiles Department will soon submit a detailed project proposal for a mega handloom cluster in Bargarh to the Union Government.

 The cluster will include districts of Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Balangir, Sonepur and Boudh which collectively have around 25,000 looms. Weavers of these areas are highly skilled in weaving Ikat and Bomkai  fabrics.

 In July, the Centre had stated that it would consider the Odisha Government’s proposal for establishment of a mega handloom cluster after receiving a detailed proposal on it. An official intimation in this regard was received by the department this week.

 Earlier this year, though the then Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had announced the mega cluster proposal in his budget speech to benefit weavers across the country, Odisha was excluded. Following this, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had urged Union Textiles Minister Anand Sharma to sanction Mega Cluster Development Project under the Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS).

 Giving details of the CHCDS, officials of the Textiles Department said the scheme, fully funded by the Centre, would help weavers in all ways - right from procurement of raw materials to realising better price for the goods produced by them. The scheme would help them by way of technology upgradation, product diversification, raw material bank, credit, market development, corpus fund for yarn procurement and supply of dyes and chemicals, besides several other benefits. “The State has 43,652 looms as per the last Handloom Census, conducted during 2009-10,” a higher official of the department said.

 Currently, the Centre is implementing Cluster Development Programme under the Integrated Handloom Cluster Development Programme and Integrated Handloom Development Scheme in two clusters and 35 mini clusters respectively in State. “Despite this, holistic development of the sector has remained a problem in the absence of facilities and infrastructure for weavers,” the official added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp