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Census in Handloom and Powerloom Sector
Aug '10
The work of conducting 3rd National Handloom Census has been assigned to National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER). Likewise, M/s Technopak Advisors Ltd.,has been engaged to conduct an All India Base Line Survey of Powerlooms. This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today to a question raised by Shri Rakesh Sachan.

The Minister further stated that as far as Handloom sector is concerned, it broadly consists of two parts: (i) Creating a data base for handloom sector regarding number of handloom units, number of handlooms (working, idle, commercial and domestic), number of handlooms and allied workers (full time and part time), types of yarn used, average production per weaver per day and average consumption of yarn per weavers and (ii) Issue of Photo Identity Cards to handloom weavers and alied workers.

The powerloom Survey aims to capture information on parameters like number of powerloom units, name and address of the unit, installed capacity, employment, production, trend of technology, raw material consumption, type of fabrics, modernization of looms, type of machinery, export and domestic sales, export and domestic value, production cost per unit, cost of utilities , conversion ratio from yarn to fabric, quality of fabrics, percentage of powerloom production using spun dyed fabrics & hank yarn and Weavers related information like education to children, wage, eco condition, dwelling space, etc.

Both the Handloom and Powerloom Censuses are likely to be completed by the end of 2010, the Minister added.

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