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Manipur has highest concentration of weavers in India
03
Jun '16
Manipur has the highest concentration of weavers and also highest concentration on the possession of loom in the country, according to the state's Directorate of Information & Public Relations.

India's population in 2011 is reported as 1210 million including 2.72 million of Manipur which is 0.22 per cent of the country's population.

The Handloom Census 2009-10 reported that Manipur has 2.04 lakh handloom workers (or 5.30 per cent of India's handloom workers) and 1.90 lakh loom workers (8.02 per cent of the national figure).

Thus, Handloom is the most important and fast growing cottage industry in the state, the DIPR said.

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.

The Department has implemented various promotional, development and welfare schemes for the better earning and wellbeing of weavers of Manipur. Over a period of Three Five Years Plan, (2002-07, 2007-2012 and 2012-17), the Handloom sector has tremendously improved in all fronts.

The thrust has been on margin money which is a form of financial assistance provided to weavers to avail credit facilities from FI/Banks, skill upgradation, common facility centre (CFC), loom, jacquard, dobby and accessories, construction of workshed, opening of yarn depots, providing employment to unemployed diploma and degree holders and recapitalization of handloom societies, it said.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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