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West Bengal to speedily implement handloom sector schemes
Aug '12
The government of West Bengal is keen to speed up execution of all state and Central Government schemes aimed at development of the handloom and handicraft industry of the state that is home to more than 1.2 million weavers and artisans.
As per Handloom Census 2010, West Bengal has over 5,50,000 handicraft artisans and 6,65,000 handloom weavers, who engage themselves in production of intricate varieties of handloom and handicraft items, Manas Bhunia, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises and Textile Minister said while releasing a hand book on various schemes in the handloom and handicraft sectors.
He said that besides extending financial assistance through banks on the basis of artisans’ credit cards and weavers’ credit cards, his Ministry is also preparing photo identity cards to be issued to weavers and artisans.
The weavers and artisans can also avail health care facilities and insurance for self and three dependants under the Rajiv Gandhi Shilpa Swastha Bima Yojana Scheme by paying a nominal premium, he said.
About the state’s policy for developing the handloom and handicraft sector, the Minister said the government has by now developed 27 clusters, while 16 are in their initial stages and 51 more are in pipeline.
Earlier speaking at an interactive session held by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to discuss the initiatives for development of North Bengal, Mr. Bhunia said the state government has forwarded proposals to the Centre seeking financial assistance for a number of development plans in South Dinajpur, Malda and Murshidabad districts. 
He said they have plans for establishing a Rs. 500 million textile hub at Gangarampur in South Dinajpur, and a plan for setting up a Rs. 380 million silk park at Malda is also under discussion.
He revealed that his Ministry is also considering establishment of a textile hub in Murshidabad with an outlay of about one billion rupees.

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