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Setting up of mega handloom clusters
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Feb '11
So far, four mega handloom clusters at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Sivasagar (Assam), Virudhunagar (Tamilnadu) and Murshidabad (West Bengal) have been taken up.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha to a question raised by Shri R.C. Singh.

The Minister further stated that these four mega handloom clusters have been taken up as these were announced in the Budget for 2008-09 and 2009-10. Each mega handloom cluster has atleast 25,000 handlooms and will be developed in a time period of 5 years with an upper Central Government share of Rs.70.00 crore.

Two handloom clusters at Chirala and Madhvaram in Andhra Pradesh, each covering about 5000 handlooms have been taken up in 2006-07 for their integrated and holistic development and are under implementation. In addition, 52 handloom clusters, each covering 300-500 handlooms have been taken up in the State of Andhra Pradesh under the Integrated Handlooms Development Scheme during the period 2007-08 to 2010-11(as on date).

Further, 262 Group Approach Projects have been taken up in the State of Andhra Pradesh from 2008-09 to 2010-11 (as on date).

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