NABARD - Student Internship Scheme 2016-2017 - page 12

Handloom weaving constitutes such of the richest and most vibrant aspects of the Indian cultural
heritage. The segment has an advantage of over less credit intensive, minimal serve of power, eco-
friendly, and ability of small production, openness to innovations and adaptability to supermarket
It is a natural productive asset and traditional at cottage level, which has sustained and grown by
communicate of skill from one generation to other.
As per third handloom census, 43 lakhs people are involved in this vocation during the 2009-10 as
compared to the 63.5 lakhs people during the census of 1995-96. One could see the drop in the weaver’s
Weavers Community people are from vulnerable and weaker section of the society to get a bread of piece
for households. The crux of the problems is non availability of the market and credit.
Major Recommendations:
i. The Central Processing Plant, and Dying Finishing Plant in Biharshariff, which are closed for more
than a decade now is a clear reflection of the decline of the textile sector in the state may be revived.
ii. The weavers are facing difficulties in procurement of raw materials. This has led to increased
dependence of the weavers for work on local mahajans. To address the issue of availability of quality
yarns to weavers at reasonable rates, there should be raw material banks/yarn depots in various
handloom clusters of three districts.
iii. The finishing and packing centres prospective facilitated for efficient marketing of the handloom
products in the state. Such enrollment weaving centres/finishing and packing centres in major
handloom clusters make out have facilities of screen/block printing, surface beautification/
embroidery etc
iv. Health is hidden back bone of an economy. Most of the weavers are still using traditional pit loomand
reported back pain, joint pain and breathing problem caused by dust of the raw material. They are
spending their half of their income on medical treatments. Government could increase productivity
through better occupational health. Health card should be provided by Central or state government.
v. It is expected to have a programme designed to sensitize the bankers roughly the sector. A conclusion
of workshops may be conducted in masterpiece handloom clusters of the state which would be
aimed at making bankers visualize the segment better and thus enable them to take informed budget
decisions. Lead Banks of the identified clusters may also be persuaded to have a in a class by itself
component for weavers in respective District Credit Plans.
vi. Further, realizing the limitations of formal banking sector in addressing the needs of the weavers, it
is recommended to develop a Micro finance plan for the sector which would add fuel to fire bringing
in Micro Finance Institutions (MFI) in the state. Thus, a fortunate micro finance network in the state
may be created with attract on handloom sector.
vii. The demand side has to be strengthened and the proposed comprehensive service plan is aimed at
making the sector impressive for bankers. The expected handloom park projects, to be positioned as
commercially sustainable projects to bankers, may also be able to address the gaps in credit linkages
to the sector.
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