NABARD - Student Internship Scheme 2016-2017 - page 8

Summary No-02
Profile of the Student:
Name: Sarup Sinha
Degree Programme: MA (Development Studies)
University/ Institute: Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati
Profile of the Mentor:
Name: Eleebon Tariang
Designation: AGM
Department: OFDD / DEAR
Name of Regional Office: Assam (Guwahati)
Objectives of the Study:
1. To assess the socio economic conditions of the handloom households.
2. To identify the source of credit.
3. To assess the problems and prospects of credit support to weavers.
4. To evaluate their awareness about government schemes and programmes.
5. To ascertain the challenges to handloom development.
Sample Size / Districts / Villages :
Cachar district of Assam was selected for conducting the survey.
Field Work for the study was undertaken in the blocks of Borkhola, Kalain, and Udharbond. A total
number of 70 households were covered for the survey out of which 60 samples have been used and
interpreted for the study. A total number of 10 villages were covered in the field visit namely Pangram,
Purandarpur, Vitar Gangapur, Kashipur, Singari, Rangrikheri, Burunga pt 1, Sewti Pt II, Behara Pt IV
and Gorer Vitar.
Research Methodology
A mix of both qualitative and quantitative techniques has been used for the research. Selection of
surveyed villages was done through Random and Purposive Sampling Method after consultation with
the Asst Directorate of Handloom and Textiles Office, Silchar and NABARD District Development
Manager of Cachar. Data was collected from the respondents using a questionnaire and interview.
Questionnaire was finalised with permission from the NABARD Regional Office, Guwahati after careful
evaluation, multiple editing and modifications of the content keeping the study objectives in view.
Questionnaire consisted of both open and close ended questions. For the purpose of interview, both
structured as well as unstructured form of interviews were used for better communication and collection
of data. Prior permission was taken from the respondents before the data collection and interview.
For the purpose of Data Interpretation, MS Excel was used upon entering the data manually from the
questionnaire. All the collected data, open ended questions and responses from the interview were
carefully evaluated and anlysed along with rest of the relevant data before preparing the final report.
Major Findings / Observations:
Cachar district is home to a solid base of experienced weavers exhibiting their tradition through the
beauty of their handloom products. These weavers however have little footprint on the handloom map
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