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West Bengal to soon have handloom technology institute
Nov '11
A handloom training institute is likely to be soon set up in Nadia district of the east Indian State of West Bengal, according to the State's Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Manas Bhunia.

The Minister said the proposal for starting an Indian Institute of Handloom Technology (IIHT) in West Bengal was tabled during the previous Let Front government, but it remained unimplemented.

When their party assumed power, they wrote to the Union Finance Minister and the Textiles Minister to carry on with the proposal and the Central Government is deliberating on it positively, he added.

He informed that there are around 750,000 handloom workers in the State who would benefit from establishment of IIHT at Shantipur in Nadia district.

IIHTs impart both short-term as well as long-term technical training to people, so that they can be employed in the handloom industry.

At present, there are five IIHTs operational in India at Salem in Tamil Nadu, Guwahati in Assam, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Bargarh in Odisha and Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

During a recently convened meeting with the Union Commerce and Textiles Minister Anand Sharma, the State Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee had requested the Central Government to extend help to set up a handloom institute in the State alongside two other textile parks.

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