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Press Information Bureau <br />Government of India<br />Ministry of Textiles<br /><span style='float:right;font-size:80%;font-weight:lighter'>13 DEC 2019 5:26PM by PIB Delhi</span>
Handloom Weavers

As per the 4th All India Handloom Census (2019-20), there are 26, 73,891 handloom weavers and 8,48,621 allied workers in the country.  State-wise number of handloom weavers and allied workers is at Annexure-I

The Office of the Development Commissioner for Handlooms, Ministry of Textiles is implementing following schemes for development of handlooms and welfare of handloom weavers across the country:

  1. National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP)
  2. Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS)
  3. Handloom Weavers’ Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (HWCWS)
  4. Yarn Supply Scheme (YSS)

 

Under the above schemes, financial assistance is provided for raw materials, purchase of looms and accessories, design innovation, product diversification, infrastructure development, skill upgradation, lighting units, marketing of handloom products and loan at concessional rates.

  1. National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP)

 

  1. Block Level Cluster: Introduced in 2015-16 as one of the components of National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP).  Financial assistance upto Rs. 2.00 crore per BLC for various interventions such as skill upgradation, Hathkargha Samvardhan Sahayata, product development, construction of workshed, project management cost, design development, setting up of common facility centre (CFC) etc. is provided. Besides, financial assistance upto Rs. 50.00 lakh is also available for setting up of one dye house at district level. The proposals are recommended by the State Government.

 

  1. Handloom Marketing Assistance is one of the components of National Handloom Development Programme.  In order to provide marketing platform to the handloom agencies/weavers to sell their products directly to the consumers, financial assistance is provided to the States/eligible handloom agencies for organising marketing events in domestic as well as overseas markets. 

 

  1. Weavers’ MUDRA Scheme: Under the Weavers’ Mudra Scheme, credit at concessional interest rate of 6% is provided to the handloom weavers.  Margin money assistance to a maximum of Rs. 10,000 per weaver and credit guarantee for a period of 3 years is also provided. MUDRA portal has been developed in association with Punjab National Bank to cut down delay in disbursement of funds for margin money and interest subvention.

 

  1. HATHKARGHA SAMVARDHAN SAHAYATA (HSS):

Hathkargha Samvardhan Sahayata (HSS) was introduced on 1st December 2016 with an objective to provide looms/accessories to the weavers to enhance their earnings through improved productivity and quality of the handloom products. Under the scheme, 90% of the cost of loom/accessory is borne by the Government of India while remaining 10% is borne by the beneficiary. The Government of India’s share is released directly in the Bank account of the beneficiary through designated agency.

 

  1. EDUCATION OF HANDLOOM WEAVERS AND THEIR CHILDREN:

Ministry of Textiles has signed Memorandums of Understanding with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) to secure educational facilities for the weavers and their families.  NIOS offers Secondary and Senior Secondary level education with specialized subjects on design, marketing, business development, etc. through distance learning mode for handloom weavers, whereas IGNOU offers continuing education programs through accessible and flexible learning opportunities relevant to the aspirations of handloom weavers and their children for career progression.

Ministry of Textiles is providing reimbursement of 75% of the fee towards admission to NIOS/IGNOU courses in case of SC, ST, BPL, and Women learners belonging to handloom weavers’ families.

  1. India Handloom Brand- During the celebration of 7th August 2015 as National Handloom Day, ‘India Handloom’ Brand was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister for branding of high quality handloom products. It promotes production of niche handloom products with high quality, authentic traditional designs with zero defect and zero effect on environment. Since its launch, 1232 registrations have been issued under 122 product categories and sale of Rs. 833.69 crore has been generated.

 

Initiatives with various leading brands has been undertaken to bring out a separate range of handloom garments in their brand.

 

  1. E-COMMERCE- In order to promote e-marketing of handloom products, a policy frame work was designed and under which any willing e-commerce platform with good track record can participate in online marketing of handloom products. Accordingly, 23 e-commerce entities have been engaged for on-line marketing of handloom products. Total sales of Rs. 71.95 crore has been reported through the online portal.

 

  1. URBAN HAATS are set up in the big towns/metropolitan cities to provide adequate direct marketing facilities to the craft persons/weavers and eliminate middle agencies.  38 such Urban Haats have been sanctioned across the country so far.

 

  1. Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme:

The Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS) is implemented for development of Mega Handloom Clusters covering atleast 15000 to 25,000 handlooms and financial assistance as GoI share from Rs. 40.00 to Rs.70.00 crore is in a period of 5 years.  8 mega handloom clusters taken up as announced in the Budgets i.e. Varanasi, Sivasagar (2008-09), Virudhunagar, Murshidabad (2009-10), Prakasam & Guntur districts and Godda& neighbouring districts (2012-13), Bhagalpur &Trichy (2014-15).

Under the scheme, components like conducting Diagnostic Study, engaging Designer, Product Development, Corpus for raw material, Construction of Worksheds (for BPL/SC/ST/Women weavers), Skill up-gradation etc. are fully funded by Government of India, while the components like Technology up-gradation, lighting units funded 90% and other common infrastructural projects like Design Studio,  Marketing Complex, Value Addition Centres, Publicity etc., are funded by the GOI to the extent of 80%.

 

  1. Handloom Weavers’ Comprehensive Welfare Scheme

Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (HWCWS) is providing life, accidental and disability insurance coverage under the components Pradhan Mantri Jivan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Converged Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana (MGBBY). 

D.        Yarn Supply Scheme:

Yarn Supply Scheme is being implemented throughout the country to make available all types of yarn at Mill Gate Price. The scheme is being implemented through National Handloom Development Corporation.  Under the Scheme freight is reimbursed and depot operating charges @2% is given to depot operating agencies.  A component of 10% price subsidy also exists on hank yarn, which is applicable on cotton, domestic silk, wool and linen yarn with quantity caps.

Budgetary allocation of funds is not made State-wise.  Funds are released to handloom agencies on receipt of viable proposals and utilization of previous funds.  However, Scheme-wise details of funds allocated and released in the last three years and the current year for implementation of above mentioned schemes across the country are as under:

(Rs. in crore)

S.

No.

Name of scheme

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

(till date)

 

Funds allocated

(RE)

Funds released

Funds allocated

(RE)

Funds released

Funds allocated

(RE)

Funds released

Funds allocated

 

Funds released

1

National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP)

167.53

153.56

140.24

135.05

138.53

119.72

135.00

97.74

2

Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS)

50.00

40.11

32.50

31.82

21.50

16.38

40.00

6.92

3

Handloom Weavers’ Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (HWCWS)

26.56

26.56

25.00

24.98

10.05

2.06

20.00

7.96

4

Yarn Supply Scheme (YSS)

261.50

261.35

200.00

199.84

155.41

126.84

195.00

105.03

 

Total

 

505.59

481.58

397.74

391.69

325.49

265.00

390.00

217.65

 

State-wise and Scheme-wise number of handloom weavers benefited under various schemes of this office in the last three years and the current year are indicated at Annexure-II.

Annexure - I

 

Statement showing State-wise number of weavers and allied weavers in the country as per the 4th All India Handloom Census (2019-20)

 

S.

No.

State

No. of allied workers

No. of weavers

1

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

17016

77600

2

ASSAM

176453

1107428

3

BIHAR

5631

7216

4

JHARKHAND

10133

12364

5

MANIPUR

12203

212481

6

MEGHALAYA

1553

41221

7

MIZORAM

10242

17298

8

NAGALAND

7534

35950

9

ODISHA

64364

53472

10

SIKKIM

65

632

11

TRIPURA

25712

111927

12

WEST BENGAL

264791

366656

Total East Zone

595697

2044245

1

CHHATTISGARH

7426

14077

2

GUJARAT

422

10179

3

GOA

4

22

4

MADHYA PRADESH

5267

12805

5

MAHARASHTRA

627

2882

Total West Zone

13746

39965

1

DELHI

1049

3236

2

HARYANA

11128

14414

3

HIMACHAL PRADESH

477

13211

4

JAMMU AND KASHMIR

7544

15784

5

PUNJAB

338

631

6

RAJASTHAN

1403

8687

7

UTTARAKHAND

4594

7967

8

UTTAR PRADESH

60179

130778

Total North Zone

86712

194708

1

ANDHRA PRADESH

49785

127662

2

KARNATAKA

27616

27175

3

KERALA

6604

15480

4

PUDUCHERRY

782

908

5

TAMIL NADU

45757

197818

6

TELANGANA

21922

25930

Total South Zone

152466

394973

Grand Total

848621

2673891

 

Annexure-II

 

 

State-wise and scheme-wise number of handloom weavers benefited under various schemes in the last three years (2016-17 to 2018-19) and the current year (2019-20 till 30-9-2019).

 

S.No.

States

NHDP & CHCDS

NHDP

HWCWS

 

No. of beneficiaries of Block Level Clusters

No. of beneficiaries of Marketing events

No. of beneficiaries of concessional loans (MUDRA Scheme)

No. of weavers enrolled under PMJJY/ PMSBY

No. of weavers enrolled under MGBBY/ converged MGBBY

 

East Zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Arunachal Pradesh

4180

11000

-

-

-

 

2

Assam

45546

134293

587

106

67572

 

3

Bihar

5114

7000

453

-

1797

 

4

Jharkhand

9740

0

239

-

485

 

5

Manipur

11195

34100

18

-

662

 

6

Meghalaya

0

2000

0

-

0

 

7

Mizoram

634

14500

09

-

0

 

8

Nagaland

1140

44900

55

-

0

 

9

Orissa

5200

37000

2876

9930

28204

 

10

Sikkim

0

19400

0

-

29

 

11

Tripura

341

39930

09

-

482

 

12

West Bengal

26793

10200

1080

39113

58583

 

 

Total East Zone

109883

354323

5326

49149

157814

 

West Zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Chhattisgarh

774

15000

649

331

-

 

2

Gujarat

357

0

289

-

8835

 

3

Goa

0

0

0

-

 

 

4

Madhya Pradesh

7347

21490

242

20

658

 

5

Maharashtra

4168

31000

193

102

500

 

 

Total West Zone

12646

67490

1373

453

9993

 

North Zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Delhi

0

2240

0

-

458

 

2

Haryana

14

0

206

-

126

 

3

Himachal Pradesh

1643

0

173

2861

6005

 

4

Jammu & Kashmir

2468

12000

9627

464

396

 

5

Punjab

0

0

1

-

-

 

6

Rajasthan

554

7820

314

18

1963

 

7

Uttar Pradesh

13424

80500

3529

11146

13504

 

8

Uttarakhand

280

16820

84

231

653

 

 

Total North Zone

18383

119380

13934

14720

23105

 

South Zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Andhra Pradesh

5366

45000

22322

9024

58175

 

2

Karnataka

2777

29000

3528

-

52757

 

3

Kerala

1030

13000

571

3359

11180

 

4

Puducherry

0

0

0

-

903

 

5

Tamil Nadu

28626

54100

68727

143819

308964

 

6

Telangana

1779

46000

3279

-

6998

 

 

Total

39578

187100

98157

156202

438977

 

1

Beneficiaries covered through other National Level agencies

-

425250

-

-

-

 

 

Grand Total

180490

1153543

118790

220524

629889

 

                 

 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, in written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

 

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