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Manipur weavers seek handlooms directorate
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Jun '11
Several handloom weavers in Manipur have sought for establishment of a separate directorate for handlooms in the State, in view of the importance of the handloom sector in improving the socio-economic conditions of the people.

These weavers point out that in spite of the global recognition that the Manipuri handloom items have, the handloom based cottage industries in the State are closing down. It is mainly due to lack of interest and transparency shown by the State government in execution of various schemes meant for the development of the sector.

These weavers condemn the government for not initiating any steps towards enhancement of the marketing facilities, in spite of the fact that the State's magnificently designed handloom items have a good demand in the domestic as well as global markets.

Besides, the weavers also contend that the government has not launched any welfare schemes for them.

They say that the Centre had allocated a considerable amount during the 11th Five Year Plan for execution of the five schemes aimed at development of handloom under the supervision of the Development Commissioner (Handloom).

The Mill-Gate Price, Integrated Handloom Development, Marketing and Export Promotion, Diversified Handloom Development, and Handloom Weavers' Comprehensive Welfare schemes envisage opening of 39 handloom clusters in the State between March 2007 and November 2011.

However, there is no visible development in the State's handloom sector, in spite of the release of Rs. 113.663 million by the Centre for the purpose. Hence, the weavers wonder whether the schemes are being executed only on papers.

They accuse the government of not making the information public, regarding which clusters were picked for development under the schemes, under the pretext of 'bad law and order situation'.

While accusing the government of serious irregularities and lack of sincerity in picking up the clusters, the weavers have brought the issue to the notice of the Central Government.

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