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Orissa Govt demands waiver of loans to weavers
07
Nov '09
In tandem with loan waiver scheme for the farmers, the Orissa government demanded the Centre to write off cooperative loans worth Rs 2.85 billion taken by the weavers in the state.

The loans extended by various Weavers' Cooperative Societies of the state are pending recovery.

The Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik has discussed this matter with the Union Textiles Minister, said Ms. Arati Ahuja, the Textiles and Handloom Secretary of the Orissa government.

Around 577 Weavers' Cooperative Societies and an apex cooperative body had provided loans to the weavers, however, waiver of these loans would benefit thousands of weavers of the state.

A recent survey says that about 79,368 looms out of 1,19,005 and 1,09,627 weavers out of 4,15,261 in the state are in the cooperative fold. The State Government has stressed the need to develop handloom industries in organized sector of the state by supplying contemporary looms and accessories.

In addition to this, it has emphasized on educating weavers for skill development and marketing support, and instructed the field level staff to execute weavers' supporting schemes and upgrade their economic conditions, added Ms. Ahuja.

Ms. Ahuja underscored that, to develop and support the activities related to handloom production and organization around the weavers' area of residence, about 26 clusters have been developed, five of which are the major ones.

Ms. Ahuja has attended a workshop to educate weavers' community on the schemes, which are being implemented for them by the government, including health insurance scheme and education scheme for weavers' children.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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