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Assam urged to stop power loom units to make handloom item

Jun '20
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The Assam directorate of handlooms and textile recently submitted a proposal to the state government to protect handloom weavers from the power loom sector. The proposal reportedly calls for provisions to penalise sellers or stockists of power loom items that are reserved under the Handlooms (Reservations of Articles for Production) Act, 1985.

It suggests the government should make the use of the handloom mark and handloom brand in articles reserved for production exclusively in handloom mandatory. It urged the state to set up a textiles laboratory with up-to-date standard to ascertain the origin of the loom, according to a report in a newspaper in the state.

The department said a high-power state-level textile committee should be formed to address all the issues related to handloom production and sale of fabrics. The state government should also advertise the advantages of the Act so that the weavers are aware about their scope of survival.

Assam should take necessary steps to establish a proper export and import regulatory system of handloom goods without hampering the interest of the handloom weavers as well as state Revenue collections, the proposal said.

The department also urged the government to introduced provisions to ensure use of eco-friendly dyes to prevent health and environmental hazards.

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