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Plight of weavers
Dec '11
No State Government has reported suicides by the weavers belonging to minority community due to their miserable condition.

As per third All India Handloom census 2009-10, there are 27.8 lakh handloom workers households, out of which 15.85 lakh handloom workers households are living below the poverty line.

The Government of India is implementing five Plan schemes through the Development Commissioner for Handlooms during the Eleventh Plan, keeping in mind the welfare requirements, for providing need based interventions for holistic and sustainable development of the handloom sector. Two of these schemes are implemented through the State Governments. The Five schemes are:

• Integrated Handlooms Development Scheme (IHDS)
• Handloom Weavers' Comprehensive Welfare Scheme
• Marketing & Export Promotion Scheme (MEPS)
• Mill Gate Price Scheme
• Diversified Handloom Development Scheme

As per All India Handloom Census 2009-10, there are 43.32 lakh handloom workers in the country, out of which 36.33 workers live in rural areas and 6.98 workers live in urban areas. The production of handloom fabric and export of handloom products are showing upward trend in the last two years which shows the positive growth of the handloom sector.

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