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THEME-1 : Credit Support to HandloomWeavers-Problems & Prospects
Summary No-01
Profile of the Student:
Name: Krishna Priya Dutta
Degree Programme: MBA
University/ Institute: Department of Business Administration, Gauhati University
Profile of the Mentor:
Name: Eleebon Tariang
Designation: AGM
Department: OFDD / DEAR
Name of Regional Office: Assam (Guwahati)
Objectives of the Study:
• To study the socio economic conditions of the weavers.
• To analyse the economic status of handloom weavers.
• To find out the costs of setting up a household handloom, income generated and forward and
backward linkages.
• To study the problems of credit support to weavers.
• To evaluate awareness about government schemes and programs in handloom development.
• To ascertain the challenges to handloom development.
Research Methodology:
The district of Sibsagar was selected for the field study because it has highest concentration of weavers
in Upper Assam. Field work for the study was undertaken in the blocks of Sibsagar, Simalguri and
Lakhowa from 6th April 2016 to 20th June 2016.
A survey of a 60 handloom households was undertaken and interpreted for the study out of 15940
weavers. Sampling of respondents was done randomly from the list of handloom households. Both
quantitative and qualitative techniques were used for data analysis.
The Research Instrument used was a predesigned questionnaire and group interview method.
A structured questionnaire is designed to collect the primary data from the sample respondents.
Questionnaire consisting of mainly open and close ended questions. The questions are designed in such
a way that these are easily understandable and easy to respond.
Interview: Apart fromQuestionnaire, interviewmethods were adopted whenever necessary, particularly
for cross validation of data. Though primary data was collectedmainly through Structured Questionnaire
and Interviewmethod,various information which the respondents were reluctant to reveal were gathered
through Observation technique also.
To make the study more interesting, data was also taken from Secondary sources like : Statistical
Handloom of India, Census 2009-10, Statistical Handloom of Assam 2014, published by Government
of Assam.
Both quantitative and qualitative techniques were used for data analysis. Hence only a range of frequency
was adopted for description and interpretation of results and logical conclusion as well. Further, for
better understanding pictorial representation is also used.
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