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ActionAid calls on the Govt to aid handloom industry
Nov '10
ActionAid, Bangladesh, a charity organization based in UK recently held a 'National Sharing on Climate Resilient Handloom' workshop in Dhaka, whereby the experts urged the government to assist the country's handloom industry by granting subsidies and such other assistances to the weavers and entrepreneurs.

S Mustafa Kamal, Chief (planning and implementation) of Bangladesh Handloom Board, and proprietors of several other leading fashion houses and boutiques addressed the workshop, while Farah Kabir, Director of ActionAid Bangladesh presided over it.

Director of Probortona boutique, Shahid Hossain Shamim, said that, the government and the legislators should step forward to campaign for handloom-made fabrics, which brings in around Tk 15 billion to country's exchequer, every year.

Further, while speaking on the negative effects of power looms, Shamim stated that, these looms emit large quantity of carbon each year, which adversely affects country's environment. Thus, he urged everyone to initiate proper steps to boost the efficiency of domestic handloom industry.

Kalam said that, government solely cannot act to safeguard the stakeholders of the industry, and that the private businesses can emerge as major partakers for dealing with the issue, by offering technical assistance and training.

Ashrafur Rahman, Managing Director of Nipun Crafts Limited divulged that, the government's feeble response has made the local handloom weavers to greatly rely on the fashion houses and boutique houses in the country. He demanded of the government to initiate special steps to raise the efficiency of these weavers, and also to boost their financial strength.

The experts mainly focused on the three key issues concerning the handloom sector, namely, scarcity of skilled labour force, inadequate investments, and flawed market mechanism dictated by intermediaries.

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