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Provide technological help to rural weavers – President

Feb '07
The President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has asked the research associations to study the production problems of handloom sector and provide technological inputs for improving the handloom sector so that the craftsmen and weavers working in rural area can be benefited.

He said this while inaugurating the Golden Jubilee celebrations of South India Textile Research Association, SITRA in Coimbatore on Saturday. He also released two Souvenirs – Fifty Years of Research and Fifty Years - A Growth.

On the occasion, Dr. Kalam said that the handloom and powerlooms sector of Tamil Nadu employs over 12 lakh weavers in 1250 cooperative societies. 50% of the cooperatives are profitable and the rest of them are in loss. He said to make all the cooperatives 5 profitable and enhance the per capita income of the weavers, there was an urgent need for providing technological intervention, design inputs, creating powerlooms, training the weavers to adopt the new technology and tie up with the fashion design institutions.

The President said that SITRA could take up a lead in the matter and provide the design inputs, technological interventions needed for revitalizing this sector in partnership with banks and textile industry leaders, which will benefit large number of weavers in the State. He hoped that simultaneously this could also enable tripling the revenue generation from this sector from the present Rs. 600 crore to Rs. 1800 crore within the next three years.

He also urged SITRA to undertake research in raw material in partnership with institutions like the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore as this type of forward looking research is required for making the Indian Textile Industry competitive in international market, he added.

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